Massive wildfires have become more common in Western states.
Made worse by rising temperatures and more erratic rain.
Wildfires affect more than fields and forests.
They carry a grave cost. Lives are lost. Homes and businesses are damaged
And people can suffer long-lasting health issues.
Because millions of people live and work in regions that are prone to wildfires, the threat has expanded.
Larger fires destroy neighborhoods, businesses, and entire towns.
The cost of providing relief to residents, preventing and fighting fires, and helping regions recover are high, putting a strain on local and state budgets.
Wildfires are one visible result of climate change.
Wildfire costs are likely to create long-term financial and economic impacts, so understanding wildfire risk will be key to understanding how climate change will affect the future economy.
The San Francisco Fed recognizes the importance of such climate-related risk to our economy—it’s an issue we can’t afford to ignore.
Learn more at http://sffed.us./wildfires