"Wildfires in southern California have destroyed homes and forced thousands to evacuate. The federal government is assisting state and local efforts to control the fires and evacuate those at risk. Federal programs also exist to assist in recovery efforts after the fires are out. Preventing a recurrence of catastrophic wildfires is impossible, but research has shown how to protect homes even while wildfires are burning. Raging wildfires, burned homes, and the evacuation of thousands of Californians have been making headlines. Options for federal support and assistance -- during the fires, in the aftermath, and aimed at preventing a recurrence -- have been raised by many concerned about the ongoing disaster. This report addresses these federal options."
CRS Report for Congress, RS22744