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By Amanda Eggert
Montana Free Press 

Private-sector approaches to a public problem

Living with Fire: Part 3


August 22, 2019

Wildfire Defense Systems

A Wildfire Defense Systems crew works a 2018 fire in the western U.S. Company founder and CEO David Torgerson says "Wildfire conditions are getting worse, building in the [Wildland]-Urban Interface is increasing, and resources at all levels are being strained. There is a role that the private sector can play."

In this three-part series, Montana Free Press examines how federal land management agencies have approached wildfire in the past and highlights public sector efforts to make communities more resilient through land-use planning, strategic building processes and targeted fuel reduction treatments. In Part 3, we explore a private sector development: the growth of private firefighting companies deployed by insurance companies to protect properties from loss by wildfire.

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