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.

  • A study on why wildfires are becoming more severe and expensive, and how the protection of homes in the Wildland-Urban Interface has added to these costs.
  • Completed a White Paper with nine solutions for controlling the pace, scale, and pattern of future development in the Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI).
  • A report on whether Firewise reduces suppression costs, in addition to its safety mission; and eight case studies to better understand whether and how communities are altering the way they confront wildfire risk
  • The potential for new home development in the Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) at the county and state level.
  • State-specific research on the impact of new homes and temperature change on wildfire suppression costs.

This page summarizes research by Headwaters Economics on the rising costs of wildland fires in the West. We have done extensive analysis in several areas: