Wildfire mitigation law in the mountain states of the American West: a comparative assessment

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In this study, the laws of seven fire-prone states in the Mountain
West regularly struck by catastrophic wildfires—Arizona, California,
Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, and Utah—were assessed to determine
what the legislative responses to these catastrophes have been. We
sought to learn whether states relied principally on “soft law” (public
education and encouragement to adopt proven homeowner wildfire
mitigation techniques) or “hard law” (regulatory mandates to effect
wildfire mitigation)