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INSIGHTS: Wildfire Budget, Incentives, and Missed Opportunities

October 23, 2014 Among the list of things that Congress seems incapable of doing these days is to pass legislation, even bipartisan legislation, that would save money and prevent disasters. The Wildfire Disaster Funding Act of 2014 is another one of those bills that simply stalled. It would have created an emergency fund that would […]

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Reducing Wildfire Risk to Communities

Nine solutions for controlling the pace, scale, and pattern of future development in the Wildland-Urban Interface

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Study Finds No Evidence Firewise Lowers Suppression Costs

Study finds no evidence of a relationship between wildfire suppression costs and Firewise participation, suggesting policy focus on other solutions to lower future expenditures, such as preventing development in high risk areas.

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Local Responses to Wildfire Risks Are Limited

Reviews how western communities are addressing wildfire risk, how they have responded to recent major fires, and useful lessons and public policy insights for the future.

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The Rising Cost of Wildfire Protection

Wildfires are becoming more severe and expensive. This report describes how the protection of homes in the Wildland-Urban Interface has added to these costs and concludes with a brief discussion of solutions that may help control escalating costs.

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As Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) Develops, Firefighting Costs Will Soar

Fighting wildfires costs have averaged more than $3 billion per year, and home protection contributes substantially to this amount. The majority of the WUI in the West is currently undeveloped, but building on these lands will significantly drive up costs.

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Summary: Wildfire Costs, New Development, and Rising Temperatures

This summary highlights the major research Headwaters Economics has conducted concerning controlling fire suppression costs, state case studies, and the growth of homes in the WUI.

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Oregon Home Building, Higher Temperatures Drive Price Tag Ever Higher

This Headwaters Economics study analyzes the impact of housing and climate on the costs of fighting forest fires in national forests of Oregon.

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Northern California, Homes, and Cost of Wildfires

This Headwaters Economics study analyzes the impact of housing and climate on the costs of fighting forest fires in the twelve national forests of the Sierra Nevada.

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Controlling Fire Suppression Costs

The rising expense of wildland firefighting, which now costs the federal government more than $3 billion annually and is likely to increase dramatically.

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