Society and Natural Resources
Wildfires, Wages -- United States, Employment -- United States
Wildfires are increasing in severity and frequency in the American West, but there is limited understanding of their economic effects at the community level. We conducted a case study of the impacts of large wildfires in 2008 in Trinity County, California, by examining labor market, suppression spending, and qualitative interview data. We found that the 2008 fires had interrelated effects on several economic sectors in the county. Labor market data indicated a decrease in total private-sector employment and wages and an increase in public-sector employment and wages during the summer of 2008 compared to the previous year, while interviews captured more nuanced impacts for individual businesses.
Davis, E.J., Moseley, C., Nielsen-Pincus, M., Jakes, P.J. (2014). The Community Economic Impacts of Large Wildfires: A Case Study from Trinity County, California.