Wildfire Disaster Funding Act


The Devastating Fort McMurray Wildfire and What It Means for 2016 Wildfire Season

, Policy Director and Lead Economist, Climate & Energy

The 2016 wildfire season is just getting underway and, sadly, we are already seeing a repeat of many of the tragedies of other recent fires seasons. Read more >

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New Forest Service Report Tallies the Steeply Rising Costs of Fighting Wildfires

, Policy Director and Lead Economist, Climate & Energy

We’re in peak fire season and, sadly, early predictions for a high-risk season are coming true. The National Interagency Fire Center’s predictions for August show continuing above normal fire risks for the western U.S. and Alaska. Today the Forest Service released a new report showing that firefighting costs now consume over 50 percent of their annual budget, and could get up to two thirds of their budget by 2025, up from 16 percent a decade ago. The good news is that there are multiple bipartisan efforts underway in Congress to deliver a fix for the budget woes outlined in the report. Now we just need to see strong legislation enacted. Read more >

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Fire Borrowing, the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act, and an Opportunity for Bipartisan Action

, Policy Director and Lead Economist, Climate & Energy

Perhaps it seems strange to be writing about wildfires in February, even as the Boston area (where I live) has just experienced its snowiest week on record. But it’s during the “off-season” that we have the opportunity to take stock of the causes and costs of past wildfires and take steps to better prepare and protect communities for future ones. Unfortunately, in some parts of the country like California there is no “off-season” as they face the threat of year-round fire seasons. Read more >

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