In a recent article entitled “Infrastructure Resilience: Wildfires and Heat Waves — The Red Zone” and published in Civil Engineering, The Magazine of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), author Robert L. Reid warns how our warming world is “…producing more intense wildfires and more extreme heat waves.” Engineers, owner-operators, and governments must protect and preserve our infrastructure.

Worldwide, climate experts forecast extreme wildfires to increase by 50% over the next 80 years. Further, climate change and extreme wildfires present “mutually exacerbating” phenomena — increasing air temperatures and severe droughts extend wildfire seasons. Further, wildfires pose risks to sensitive, carbon-rich ecosystems, such as peatlands and rainforests, compounding the cycle.

A report by the United Nations Environmental Programme and GRID-Arendal estimates that the “annualized economic burden caused by wildfires ranges from $71 to $347 billion dollars” in the U.S. Half of the spend is for emergency response, and only 0.2% is for planning. In summary, the report advocates rebalancing investments: 34% for response, 32% for prevention, 20% for recovery, 13% for preparedness, and 1% for planning.

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