Defend or evacuate? Why residents delay this decision

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Fire Note 112: This Fire Note outlines research investigating why many residents of bushfire prone areas delay their decision to defend or evacuate in response to a bushfire until the day of a fire. The research examined several plausible reasons for such a delay stemming from decision avoidance research. This Fire Note discusses the research findings, as well as the opportunities and obstacles to overcoming the problems associated with decision delay.