"Hardening" Homes Against Wildfires in California Has Been an Uphill Battle

A story in Forbes, which was syndicated by roughly a dozen state-level publications, cites RFF research on wildfires and community activism.

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Feb. 10, 2021

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"Community activism is fundamental as to which homes will be saved, and which will be lost, according to studies by Resources for the Future, a non-profit environmental group. 'In the heat of the moment, fire managers have to make tough decisions . . . in choosing how to deploy resources,' says co-author Matthew Wibbenmeyer. 'They face . . . pressure from politicians and influential community members.'

So, it will come as no surprise that 'well-off communities are able to advocate for themselves more effectively,' he says."


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