USDA Forest Service

Human Dimensions Program
Rocky Mountain Research Station

800 East Beckwith Ave
Missoula, MT 59801

(406) 542-4150

United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service.

USDA Link Forest Service Link


Puerto Rico Wildfire Conference

Project Summary

This review study synthesizes available literature in epidemiology, economics and wildfire-related studies to provide essential information for the valuation of health costs associated with wildfire events. We review three areas within these literatures: key health outcomes to be evaluated, association between wildfire smoke and health outcomes, and valuation of health effects. We find that the key health outcomes are mortality, restricted activity days (including work days lost), hospital admissions, respiratory symptoms, and self-treatment. Our review shows somewhat inconsistent results between the conventional and wildfire-related PM epidemiology studies. We summarize the recent estimates of per unit cost of mortality and morbidity and present recommendations for evaluators.



USDA Forest Service - RMRS - Project Name
Last Modified: Monday, 16 December 2013 at 14:18:31 CST

USDA logo which links to the department's national site. Forest Service logo which links to the agency's national site.