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.
Slide show: The wildland-urban interface is growing and wildfires are causing cause more damage. Land use planning is an important solution.
The sortable table identifies frequently threatened towns and cities, including the different sizes and distances of wildfires from nearby communities.
A new tool helps the City of Santa Fe, New Mexico assess wildfire and populations at risk.
Identify neighborhoods in six Great Lakes cities that meet socioeconomic vulnerability criteria.
Updated: The Community Planning Assistance for Wildfire program now helps 30 communities reduce wildfire risk through improved land use planning.
County governments, fire districts and service areas, and landowners have many opportunities to reduce wildfire risk in the wildland-urban interface through land use planning tools and strategies, though challenges in Montana’s regulatory framework remain.
Lack of access to a vehicle, poverty, and disabilities, can make evacuation difficult or impossible for some households.
A lack of land use planning amplified the devastation from Hurricane Harvey. Wildfire-prone communities should take note.
This story map provides Taos County residents with information about the ecological role of fire, the region’s wildfire risk, forest restoration projects, and emergency preparedness.
Wildfire experts outline key science insights important to inform policy discussions and development while reducing future risks and costs.
The wildfires that burned the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park devastated nearby communities and underscore the need to reduce the risks and costs of future catastrophic events.
It is unlikely that insurance rates and policies alone will determine whether or not a landowner decides to build a new home on wildfire-prone land.
Mapping and understanding communities at risk from wildfires just became easier with a new interactive tool generated by Headwaters Economics.
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.
Five urban areas in the West and Southwest are taking steps to mitigate wildfire risks and costs through the perspective of land use planning.
Case studies show how five urban areas in the West are using innovative land use planning tools to adapt to the increasing risks from wildfires.