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: Wildfire Risk and Insurance
The third RFF Live event in the "Sparking Solutions" event series examines the role of insurance in mitigating the risks of wildfire.
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
David Wear is a nonresident senior fellow at RFF. His research focuses on integrating economic choice and biophysical elements of natural resource systems to project forest conditions and illuminate policy options.
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