Sarah McCaffrey, PhD, recently retired after 20 years as a fire social scientist with the US Forest Service where her research focused on understanding the social dynamics of fire management.  This included research projects that examined the role of risk perception and risk attitudes, social acceptability of prescribed fire, homeowner mitigation decisions, evacuation decision making, risk communication, and agency-community interactions during fires.  Her current interests are in understanding barriers to use of fire as a management tool and what a more effective fire management system, one designed for 21st century social and environmental conditions, might look like.  She received her PhD in 2002 from the University of California at Berkeley where her dissertation examined Incline Village, Nevada homeowner views and actions in relation to defensible space and fuels management.