Wildfire Research (11)
Nine solutions for controlling the pace, scale, and pattern of future development in the Wildland-Urban Interface
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This Headwaters Economics study analyzes the impact of housing and climate on the costs of fighting forest fires in national forests of Oregon.
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.
The rising expense of wildland firefighting, which now costs the federal government more than $3 billion annually and is likely to increase dramatically.