A Call to End the Destruction of Communities by Wildfire in 30 Years
Over the past decade, the U.S. has witnessed a steady increase in wildfire activity. Experts predict this trend will remain. Despite the $2 to $3 billion per year to support wildland fire suppression efforts, the number of homes lost in wildfires per year has increased by 163 percent and wildfires now cost the U.S. an estimated $63 to $285 billion per year in losses.
To stem the trend in wildfire-caused human and property losses, the U.S. must make significant policy changes at all levels of government. NFPA has released a comprehensive strategy that will push for the transformation that, over time, will significantly reduce risk to communities. The strategy is rooted in two realities – wildfires are going to happen, and the fire service will not be able to extinguish these fires at a pace to save people and property in their path.
Outthink Wildfire launch
Watch the live event to learn about the five fundamental tenets of Outthink Wildfire™, listen to remarks, and hear answers to questions from our panel of industry experts.
NFPA hosted a summit in Sacramento, CA, in May 2022, bringing together more than 50 representatives to focus on the complex problem of wildfire risk to existing properties and communities. Summit participants worked to identify the most critically important areas needing national focus and recommendations for addressing them. The recommendations are detailed in this report.Download report
According to NFPA, to solve the wildfire problem, these five tenets must be supported by all levels of government:
Property insurance is the primary and largest financial safety net for recovering from disaster-caused property damage including wildfires. State legislation needs to enable insurers to use risk models and reward mitigation efforts, as well as sending price signals that discourage risky building and development practices.Download
NFPA has several standards to guide wildfire risk reduction in communities, many of which have recently been consolidated into a single publication: NFPA 1140, Standard for Wildland Fire Protection.Download