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Webinar | Wildfire Preparedness: Strategic Investments to Balance Risks

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Tuesday, July 14, 2020
10:00am - 11:30am PDT

Thank you for joining us for the "Wildfire Preparedness: Strategic Investments to Balance Risks" webinar. Fire season has begun in California and across the West. With climate change, fuel accumulation, and increased development in the wildland-urban interface, every year is now a high-risk year. But in 2020, the nation is also managing a pandemic, which has strained financial as well as other disaster preparedness resources at all levels. It is well known that up-front investment in preparedness and resilience saves money and lives. But how can federal, state and local fire agencies best balance prevention and response, especially when all resources are constrained? And how will we leverage future resource allocations to ensure the highest‑priority, most cost‑effective programs and activities receive funding? Experts participating in this webinar hosted by the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment discussed strategies for managing wildfire risks, including incentive structures, regulations, partnerships and financing. For more Stanford wildfire resources and links to video from past events, visit:


Chris Field; Director, Woods Institute for the Environment; Professor, School of Humanities and Sciences, Stanford University

Rebecca Miller; Doctoral Candidate, Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources, Stanford University

Kelly Martin; Board Member, International Association of Wildland Fire; Chief of Fire and Aviation, Yosemite National Park (ret.)

Michael Wara; Senior Research Scholar, Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University

Mary Prunicki; Senior Research Scientist, Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma Research, Stanford University School of Medicine

See other wildfire-related events from our collaborators at the Bill Lane Center for the American West.

Realted Media Coverage

June 14, 2020 | Coronavirus Complicates Efforts to Fight California Wildfires | The San Diego Union-Tribune 

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