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Reveal: More People Living In Areas At Risk For Wildfires

Photo by Associated Press

A firefighter puts water on a house fence during a wildfire in Carlsbad, May 14, 2014.

Reveal: More People Living In Areas At Risk For Wildfires


Eric Sagara, senior data reporter, Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX


More Americans are living in areas that are at risk for wildfire.

That's one of the findings of an investigative report from Reveal, a program of the Center for Investigative Reporting, which found that a combination of climate change and land-use decisions is causing wildfires to be a threat in many areas of the country.

Reveal's senior data reporter, Eric Sagara, found that since 1990, 8.5 million more homes are in so-called wildland-urban interface areas, areas where homes and wildland meet and where the potential for wildfires are higher.

In California, 30 percent of residents live in these wildland-urban interface areas.

STORY: When spark meets sprawl: Building in wildlands increases fire risk

PODCAST: America's ring of fire

Sagara joins Midday Edition on Monday to talk about the increased risk of wildfire in the U.S.

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