New Study: Number of Western Montana Homes In High Wildfire Hazard Areas Double

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June, 2018. A new study by Headwaters Economics, co-founder of the CPAW program, examined the number of western Montana homes built in areas of high wildfire hazard. The study found that one in eight new homes has been built in areas of high wildfire hazard since 1990 and that housing growth rates in areas of high and moderate wildfire hazard are faster than areas of low hazard. This housing trend is estimated to add at least $4 million to Montana’s firefighting suppression liability each year.