Thursday, June 30, 2016
Last night, a 1,400-acre wildfire ripped through the foothills just above Boise, threatened communities in the foothills, and threatened to come down into the heart of the city itself. The timing was meaningful to me because I just posted the first publication of my work on wildfire, which I wrote with several students, on SSRN. It lays out some of the more important legal tools for wildfire planning. That paper, "Planning for Wildfire at the Wildland-Urban Interface," is available here. It is also the forerunner to a much larger publication due out this summer, which will provide a detailed approach to planning for wildfire in the WUI.
In the meantime, this fire has made it all-too-real to me the importance of this project. Here is a picture from the front porch of my colleague Lee Dillion:
And here are more images of the fire from a local newspaper: