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Hazards

What is Wildfire Risk?

The Society for Risk Analysis defines risk as "the potential for realization of unwanted, adverse consequences to human life, health, property or the environment." In other words, risk is the exposure to the chance of loss of something we value.

Wildfire risk is the potential for a wildfire to adversely affect things that humans value- lives, homes, or ecological functions and attributes.

Wildfire risk in a particular area is a combination of:

  1. the chance that a wildfire will start in or reach that area and
  2. the potential loss of human values if it does

Human activities, weather patterns, wildfire fuels, values potentially threatened by fire, and the availability (or lack) of resources to suppress a fire all contribute to wildfire risk.