Resources for Calculating Wildfire Risk in Your Area
There are various resources that measure wildfire risk, allowing communities to analyze and understand their risk to guide their preparedness. Here are just a few:
The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) developed a web resource that includes interactive maps, charts, and information to help communities understand, explore and reduce their risk to wildfires. The Wildfire Risk to Communities web resource incorporates the most recent science to identify risk to the increasing wildfire frequency and severity across the country and provides resources for communities to manage and mitigate risk.
The Headwaters Economics’ CPAW Program, funded through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and private foundations, works with communities to develop wildfire hazard assessments at the county and local scale across the United States to support land use decision-making to reduce communities’ wildfire risk. Headwaters Economics also has a wildfire analysis web resource that provides data on structures destroyed by wildfires.
CoreLogic’s 2021 Wildfire Report analyzes wildfire risk through a housing stock comparison lens of the 14 most vulnerable states, located in the Western U.S. and Florida, to understand the most accurate potential impact of the increasingly destructive wildfire season and the role various stakeholders play in collectively reducing the impacts of wildfires for vulnerable communities.
Verisk’s Wildfire Risk Analysis Reports, based on their Fireline wildfire risk management tool, provides analysis on the number and percentage of properties at high and extreme risk from wildfire in the most vulnerable western U.S. states.