Wildfire

The public's perception of fire shapes how wildfires are managed. We have assembled some resources to help readers learn more about fire, its ecological role, and the tools for managing it.

 

Clearing the Smoke from Wildfire Policy: An Economic Perspective
Wildfires are heating up once again in the American West. In 2015, wildfires burned more than 10 million acres in the United States at the heafty cost of $2.1 billion in federal expenditures. Dean Lueck and Jon Yoder examine wildfire management and current wildfire policy through an economic lens. As leading scholars in the area of wildfire policy, they provide an economic framework for evaluating effective wildfire management and use it to confront current wildfire policy issues.

PERC Wildfire Solutions Summit 2016

Wildfire Solutions Summit
As fires burn, the U.S. Forest Service announced that, for the first time, more than half of its budget would be devoted to wildfire. PERC's thoughtful panel of experts from academia and the U.S. Forest Service addressed questions on wildfire size and frequency, climate-related trends, and the impact of more people moving into the wildland-urban interface.

Check out the podcast series from the event. 

 

Walk Into Wildfire
An immersive video art installation by collaborating artists Ethan Turpin and Jonathan Smith. Visitors had the chance to enter the wildfire and visually experience the rapid movement of wildfire across different landscapes.

An Analysis: Wildfire Management
In this video, Sarah Anderson and Terry Anderson discuss their findings on wildfire management and what drives Forest Service decisions in fuel suppression.

SERI Fire Strategic Environmental Research Initiative Bren School of Environmental Science and Management UC Santa Barbara 

Strategic Environmental Research Initiative
UC Santa Barbara's Bren School of Environmental Science and Management launched SERI Fire, an interdisciplinary research intiative focused on finding new ways to manage wildfire in the face of climate change. 

 

Fire at the Samuel Noble Foundation
From best practices for land management, to financial tools and prescribed burn training, the Noble Foundation provides resources to help ranchers, farmers, and other landowners manage fire.

 

The Wildfire Project
A traveling presentation hosted by Dr. Paul Hessburg (Pacific Northwest Research Station and the University of Washington), who has conducted fire and landscape ecology research for more than 27 years. 

Watch their videos and check out their tour dates here

 

Occupy Wildfires: The Story of the 1%
In her TEDxBozeman, Jessica Haas, an ecologist with the Rocky Mountain Research Station, explores the trade-offs of fire suppression versus "let it burn" wildfire policies. 

 

Managing Rangeland with Fire
A Q&A with PERC alum Carissa Wonkka. 

 Prescribed burn school at the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation

Fighting Fire with Fire
Innovative financial tools allow land managers to address wildfire risk. 

 

Living on the Edge
The Forest Service has long recognized the importance of fire to North American ecosystems, but most fires on national forests are still suppressed, largely because of the threats to private property in the wildland-urban interface.