|Source: Headwaters Economics|
Wildfires increasingly are threatening urban areas—often repeatedly—putting more homes, lives, infrastructure, and other resources at risk.
More than 15,000 wildfires burned in the continental United States from 2000 to 2013. During that period, 78 percent of wildfires burned in the West, 11 percent burned in Texas, and the remaining 11 percent burned in the Midwest, South, and Northeast.
Cities in the West are particularly vulnerable to wildfire because the West contains conditions conducive to wildfire such as extensive and remote forest areas and frequent drought conditions. Wildfire increasingly is an urban issue. From 2000 to 2013, 127 urban areas (cities with more than 75,000 residents) were threatened by major wildfires (fires greater than 5 square miles in area) that burned within 10 miles of the city. Read lots more here.