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Type: Report
Author(s): R. Gorte
Publication Date: October 28, 2013

From the Introduction ... 'Wildfires generally are getting larger and causing more damage. The past decade has seen the six worst fire seasons of the past half-century....Wildfire protection is also getting more costly. Bigger fires cost more to control, but an additional factor is contributing significantly to the cost of wildfire protection -- the development of homes on or near fire-prone lands. The expansion of this Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) increases the pressure to control wildfires, even in areas where fires are natural and ecologically beneficial. Houses in the WUI also divert firefighting resources to protecting structures instead of controlling damaging wildfires. The responsibility for wildfire protection and development of private lands in the WUI lies with state and local governments, but the federal government bears a significant amount of the costs of protecting homes in the WUI from wildfires, with limited efforts or authority to control those costs.'

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Citation: Gorte, R. 2013. The rising cost of wildfire protection., Accessed June 2, 13 A.D.

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Alaska    California    Eastern    Great Basin    Hawaii    Northern Rockies    Northwest    Rocky Mountain    Southern    Southwest    National
  • fire damage (property)
  • fire hazard reduction
  • fire intensity
  • fire management
  • fire protection
  • fire suppression
  • forest management
  • season of fire
  • wildfires
Tall Timbers Record Number: 28588Location Status: In-fileCall Number: Fire FileAbstract Status: Fair use, Okay, Reproduced by permission
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