Liability

Liability Committee

Chair: Vacant

The Liability Committee strives to find affordable insurance for not-for-profit organizations and businesses. Recently, 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.

Past Involvement

We worked with a private firm in 2006 to determine risk assessment (actuary table) for prescribed fire. We have 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.

Read a report on Prescribed Fire Liability Insurance (updated October 2006)

To broaden our effort to reduce the liability to prescribed fire practitioners we are pursuing Right to Burn Legislation through our Government Relations Committee.

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”