Working with communities to reduce wildfire risks through improved land use planning, compelling communication, and applied research.

Working with communities across the country, Community Planning Assistance for Wildfire (CPAW) provides land use planning solutions, communications assistance, and customized research to better understand and manage wildfire-prone areas and reduce risks.

We envision fire-adapted communities that live with the inevitability of wildfires by integrating wildfire risk-reduction measures into design and development to minimize costs, protect structures, and save lives.

Construction Costs for a Wildfire-Resistant Home: California Edition

In light of rising wildfire risks, we analyzed the costs of constructing homes to three levels of wildfire resistance in California.

Full community costs of wildfire

Almost half of the full community costs of wildfire are paid for at the local level, including homeowners, businesses, and government agencies.

Wood roofs are a $6 billion wildfire problem

At least 1.2 million wood roofs are in areas with wildfire risk. Funding is needed to help communities prepare for wildfire.

Wildfire Risk Report for every U.S. community

A new report in our Economic Profile System provides community-level data about wildfire hazard and potentially vulnerable populations.

Wildfires destroy thousands of structures each year

Explore the number of structures destroyed in each state by wildfire. Structures lost—rather than acres burned—provides a more complete measure of the broad impacts of wildfire.

Wildfire Risk to Communities: Understand, explore, and reduce risk

The Wildfire Risk to Communities website features interactive maps, charts, and resources to help communities understand, explore, and reduce wildfire risk.

Working with communities across the country