by Josh T. Smith, Research Manager; Camille Harmer, CGO Graduate Fellow
Posted August 29, 2018 In Scholar Commentary

Firefighter Andrew Arthen with San Bernardino Cal Fire makes a stand in front of an advancing wildfire, protecting a home Aug. 10, 2018, in Lake Elsinore, Calif.AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez

Policies that aim to effectively prevent fires not only will protect homes from future fires, but will save lives and taxpayer funds in the long run. CGO Researchers Josh T. Smith and Camille Harmer write that giving fire managers more authority and resources to prevent fires, incentivizing homeowners to change how homes in fire-prone areas are designed, and even logging or controlled burns are good steps toward fire prevention as climate change worsens.

Read the full piece as it was published by The Deseret News.

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