The Hill: "Wealthiest Incur Most Wildfire Damage; Low-Income Most Exposed"
A new paper by RFF scholars Matthew Wibbenmeyer and Molly Robertson about wildfire risk is profiled in both the Hill's sustainability newsletter and in a stand-alone piece.
Wealthiest incur most wildfire damage; low-income most exposed
While wealthy homeowners in the U.S. West are enduring the most damage from wildfires, the poorest households are most likely to be situated in wildfire hazard zones.
The finding was part of a study published on Thursday in Environmental Research Letters.
What the study found: The top 10 percent most valuable homes in the western U.S. are 70 percent more likely to be in high wildfire danger zones than median-value properties.
The newsletter continues a thorough analysis of the paper.
You can read the stand-alone piece here.
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.
Journal Article — May 26, 2022
The Distributional Incidence of Wildfire Hazard in the Western United States
This peer-reviewed study shows that hazards from recent wildfires disproportionately affect both the highest- and lowest-value properties in the American West.