From 2000-2019, nearly 2,000 U.S. communities were threatened by wildfires or potential ember spread, showing the need for adaptive planning strategies.
Testimony on wildfires and vulnerable populations to a forum before the House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands.
Land use planning can help communities become fire-adapted and resilient in the face of increasing wildfire potential.
Federal wildfire policy that emphasizes suppression—a legacy of early-1900s forest management—has resulted in a paradox: accumulated fuels and larger, more severe wildfires.
Managing wildfires during a pandemic will test the capacity of our first responders, but individual homeowners can take steps now to reduce wildfire risks.
The new Wildfire Risk to Communities website—developed by the USDA Forest Service in partnership with Headwaters Economics and Pyrologix—offers maps and data about community wildfire risk nationwide.
Economic methods and data can engage diverse audiences and tell new stories to help cities make a case for climate adaptation.
Video and highlights from an event that brought together diverse community leaders to explore practices for building fire-adapted communities.
Wildfire hazard assessment maps can help communities build safer neighborhoods, prioritize mitigation resources, and adapt to wildfire.
Updated: For communities land use planning is more effective than logging on federal lands to reduce future wildfire disasters.
Community Planning Assistance for Wildfire (CPAW) is helping communities reduce wildfire risks and costs. Four new communities join 26 others this coming year.
Integrate socioeconomic and climate data to map neighborhoods at risk in selected cities.
A new home built to wildfire-resistant codes can be constructed for roughly the same cost as a typical home.
Video: Prioritizing climate resilience using Headwaters Economics tools.
Explore interactive maps of watersheds, wildfire, and the wildland-urban interface in Colorado’s San Luis Valley.
Partners in Colorado’s San Luis Valley are working to better understand the impacts of wildfire to communities, watersheds, and quality of life.
Identify neighborhoods where overlapping wildfire threats and socioeconomic vulnerabilities may make people disproportionately susceptible to wildfire.
The number of western Montana homes in areas with high wildfire hazard has doubled, outpacing development rates in areas with low wildfire hazard.
Almost half of the full community costs of wildfire are paid for at the local level, including homeowners, businesses, and government agencies.
Explore all communities threatened by wildfires from 2000 to 2017.