This Note will examine the wildfire issue in California within the context of municipal government. Part II-A will present a concise look at the current state of affairs regarding climate change, which demonstrates that because little has changed on the international level regarding emissions reductions, the responsibility of protecting people from the catastrophes associated with climate change will fall to lower levels of government. Part II-B will then discuss how wildfire activity is affected by climate change, with specific attention to how the western U.S. has been affected. Part III of this Note focuses on actions of several different municipalities in California, and examines how those communities are positioned to deal with the substantial number of wildfires they can expect to see in the coming years. This part of the Note will take a comprehensive look at municipal regulation as it relates to mitigation of wildfire risk. Finally, Part IV will conduct a legal analysis of the municipal actions discussed with specific attention placed on how the statutory framework of municipal actions can provide a response to increased wildfire activity.
Recommended CitationSameer Ponkshe, Municipal Wildfire Management in California: A Local Response to Global Climate Change, 32 Pace Envtl. L. Rev. 600 (2015)
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