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Wildfire Policy

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Wildfire Policy

Stanford scholars are informing policy decisions and responses to major wildfires.

In an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times, Michael Wara, Director of the Climate and Energy Policy Program at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, describes what Californians and policymakers can do to help prevent and manage catastrophic wildfires going forward.

Michael Wara at Senate Hearing

Wildfires are a major threat to electric grid reliability in the Western U.S. Michael Wara, Director of the Climate and Energy Policy Program at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, testified on the issue at a Dec. 19 hearing before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. 

Wildfire

As state, federal and local officials try to figure out what policies to implement to address the state’s wildfire crisis, a poll conducted by the Bill Lane Center for the American West reveals where the public stands on regulations and other public policy measures to prevent wildfires.

Michael Wara, Director of the Climate and Energy Policy Program at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, serves on the state’s Catastrophic Wildfire Cost and Recovery Commission which released a report in June of 2019 finding that utilities played a major role causing recent catastrophic wildfires in the state. Wara is actively engaged in research and discussions to forward effective wildfire-related policies in California.

Stanford’s Deborah Sivas speaks with Sharon Driscoll at Stanford Law School on mitigating wildfire risks with law and environmental policy.