Liability Committee

Liability Committee

Chair: Mark Horn, Conservation Journalist 

For more information on our Liability Committee, or to join the committee, please contact Mark Horn. Participation in the committee is open to any interested member of the WPFC.

Our Mission

The Liability Committee strives to find affordable and attainable insurance for not-for-profit organizations, contractors, and businesses. We are in the process of reestablishing the liability committee and plan to work with insurance companies to better understand what is needed to support and provide prescribed fire insurance and liability.

Past Involvement

In 2006, we worked with a private firm to develop an actuarial analysis (determined risk) for prescribed fire that will help insurance companies develop policies based on historical claim data. In the past, there has been a reluctance on the part of insurance companies to cover prescribed fire practitioners due to a lack of data. Click here to review the full report!

We offered data from our collective Wisconsin prescribed fire experience to this effort. A market analysis of demand for prescribed fire insurance was not funded by the Joint Fire Council. We will continue to look for funding to ensure insurance for the prescribed fire community. Click here for a report summary.

Additional Resources

  • Article from from Washington State University School of Economic Sciences “Liability, regulation and endogenous risk: Incidence and severity of escaped prescribed fires in the United States”
  • Article from 1993 Proceedings of the Midwest Oak Savanna Conference “Legal Liability Exposures Created By Prescribed Burning”