Author Archives: Matt Bussmann

About Matt Bussmann

Lead Modeler, RMS Model Development

Based in California, Matt works in the exposure modeling team at RMS. Since joining RMS in 2013 after six years in civil and structural engineering, he has focused on developing models of catastrophe risk exposure, integrating data science with an understanding of the built environment.

He holds a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from Princeton University and a masters in Civil Engineering from Stanford University, and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of California.

Fires in Paradise: Exposure Growth and Catastrophe Risk in the Wildland-Urban Interface

Like many communities in California with a mild climate, affordable housing, and scenic wilderness, Butte County (pop. ~230,000) has grown significantly over the past four decades. Broadly, this growth is happening all around the county — both in cities (e.g. Chico, the county seat and largest city, pop. ~94,000) as well as in more rural areas. Looking more closely, however, the specific spatial patterns of Butte’s development reveal conditions that set the stage for the ongoing Camp Fire to become one of the deadliest and most destructive fires in California history.

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