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Report Shows Wildfire Risks For Every State, County And Community

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A new report could help you analyze wildfire risks to homes in your state, county or community.

The nonprofit Headwaters Economics put together this new resource, but it uses data from the Montana research company Pyrologix and Forest Service offices (including the Fire Sciences Lab in Missoula). You can use it to analyze risks like the percentage of homes directly or indirectly exposed to wildfire dangers in your area. It also highlights wildfire impacts to more vulnerable populations, which could have a harder time fleeing wildfires or rebuilding. 
To download that information, just go here, search for your area, and scroll down to fire risks. 
This story was produced by the Mountain West News Bureau, a collaboration between Wyoming Public Media, Boise State Public Radio in Idaho, KUNR in Nevada, the O'Connor Center for the Rocky Mountain West in Montana, KUNC in Colorado, KUNM in New Mexico, with support from affiliate stations across the region. Funding for the Mountain West News Bureau is provided in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Copyright 2021 Boise State Public Radio News. To see more, visit Boise State Public Radio News.

Madelyn Beck is Boise State Public Radio's regional reporter with the Mountain West News Bureau. She's from Montana but has reported everywhere from North Dakota to Alaska to Washington, D.C. Her last few positions included covering energy resources in Wyoming and reporting on agriculture/rural life issues in Illinois.