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Economics of WUI/Wildfire Prevention and Education

Informally Refereed
Authors: David T. Butry, Jeff Prestemon
Year: 2019
Type: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Station: Southern Research Station


Prevention activities are actions designed to reduce the likelihood of an ignition in the wildlands or wildland-urban interface (WUI). Excluded are flame spread and firebrand generation processes, and related mitigation approaches, such as fuels management. This section describes preventable wildfire/WUI ignitions, recent ignition patterns over time in the United States, common prevention activities and approaches, methods for measuring the economic performance of prevention activities, recent studies that measured prevention effectiveness, and current measurement challenges.


Intervention, Wildfire Mitigation, Wildfire Risk Reduction


Butry, David T.; Prestemon, Jeffrey P. 2019. Economics of WUI/Wildfire Prevention and Education. In: Manzello, S.L. (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Wildfires and Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) Fires. Springer, Cham, Switzerland. 8 pages.