Thursday, May 28, 2015

Reduce Wildfire Risks or We'll Continue to Pay

The Association for Fire Ecology, International Association of Wildland Fire and The Nature Conservancy have partnered to produce this position statement:  Reduce Wildfire Risks - Or We'll Continue to Pay More for Fire Disasters.  

From the Executive Summary:

The true costs of wildfires are more than we're counting. Wildfire disasters are increasing in frequency, scale and economic damage. When considered together, these factors support a fiscal logic for funding cost-effective mitigation activities - so we may manage our wildfire-impacted landscapes before the fires become a disaster.   

This short statement paper outlines an analysis of the costs associated with wildfire (more than just suppression), the consequences of not taking action and offers thoughtful and impactful actions for consideration to reduce wildfire risks.   

The Cohesive Strategy is noted in the statement paper as a philosophical approach that can make real progress towards resilient landscapes, fire adapted communities and a safe, integrated wildfire response.  

With a wide set of collaborating partners including Federal, State, Tribal, local agencies and nongovernmental organizations, the Cohesive Strategy emphasizes the need for stakeholders to understand their risk, accept their responsibilities and work together to tackle the problem of reducing risk to our human and natural communities.     

Good food for thought.  Read the full position statement here.  

1 comment:

  1. Somehow we need to encourage homeowners at the WUI to be more self-reliant and keen to ensure their properties are at low risk of wildfire attack. Perhaps we need to use the tools of marketing and advertising - put less emphasis on fear campaigns, "Do this or you'll get burnt out" - and more on positive outcomes. "Do this and you'll have a relaxing fire season because your property looks great and uncluttered, like a park." Another example, "Take out those two conifers near the house and you'll get more sun in winter, no more needles on the roof and an easy-care garden (and a lower fire risk)."