Playing with fire: how climate change and development patterns are contributing to the soaring costs of western wildfires

This report explains how climate change and development in wildfire-prone areas are driving up the risks and costs of wildfires; points out why current policies and practices may be worsening the situation; highlights the many different impacts and costs of wildfires; and provides recommendations for what we can do to limit these costs. Case studies on California, Colorado, Montana, and New Mexico provide a more in-depth look at relevant issues in these states.