Impacts of wildfires in the United States have increased rapidly in recent years due to climate change, land management practices, and residential development in fire hazard areas. RFF researchers are working to understand how communities, land managers, and policymakers can take steps to prevent wildland fires from becoming wildfire disasters.
Sparking Solutions: Meeting the Wildfire Challenge
Sparking Solutions, a three-part webinar series hosted by RFF, focused on finding equitable, effective, and workable policies to address the growing threat of wildfire in the United States.
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.
Wildfires in the United States 101: Context and Consequences
Read this explainer for an overview of the context and consequences of wildfires in the United States, from trends and causes to impacts on the economy, the environment, and human health.
Margaret A. Walls
Margaret Walls is a senior fellow at RFF. Her current research focuses on issues related to resilience and adaptation to extreme events, ecosystem services, and conservation, parks and public lands.
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.
David N. Wear
Nonresident Senior Fellow; Director, Land Use, Forestry, and Agriculture Program
David Wear is a nonresident senior fellow and the director of the Land Use, Forestry, and Agriculture Program at RFF.
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