Mountain West News Bureau: "High Price Homes Are More Likely to Be Threatened by Wildfires"
A story created by a collaboration of public radio stations in the western United States details a new, peer-reviewed paper on the demographics of people who face the highest wildfire risk.
People facing high wildfire risks are more likely to be older, white, live in pricier homes and have higher incomes, according to new research published in the journal Environmental Research Letters.
“The highest income households are as much as 70% more likely than median households to be living in high fire-hazard areas,” said Matt Wibbenmeyer, a fellow with the nonprofit Resources for the Future who co-authored the study.
Matthew Wibbenmeyer is a fellow at RFF. His research seeks to understand climate impacts and climate mitigation policies related to the forest and land sectors, with a special focus on wildfire.