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Most communities today are not controlling future development on fire-prone lands. Getting the incentives right is essential; with negative consequences for private land management decisions that increase risk, and positive rewards for decisions that reduce risk.

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Full Community Costs of Wildfire

— Almost half of the full community costs of wildfire are paid for at the local level, including homeowners, businesses, and government agencies.

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Planning Tools to Reduce Montana’s Wildfire Risk

— 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.

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Resilient Taos County: Living with Wildfire

— 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.

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Land Use Planning to Reduce Wildfire Risk

— 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.

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Reducing Wildfire Risk to Communities

— This report outlines a number of solutions to alter the pace, scale, and pattern of future development in the Wildland-Urban Interface.

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Lessons for Wildfire from Federal Flood Risk Management Programs

— This paper reviews the experience of national floodplain management programs to draw lessons for new approaches to reduce the costs and risks posed by wildfire to properties in the Wildland-Urban Interface.

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Local Responses to Wildfire Risks Are Limited

— This study 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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CPAW Communities

— The Community Planning Assistance for Wildfire program works with many communities across the U.S.

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