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Heather Antecol

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In this paper, I analyze the effect that California wildfires have on intensifying gentrification and racial displacement, more specifically, the extent to which these fires effect the percentage of white residents in a census-tract. Using data from 2013-2018 American Community Survey provided by the U.S. Census Bureau along with damage data provided by CALFIRE, I use an OLS regression model to analyze the impact of the percentage of white residents across levels of fire exposure. I find that in census-tracts that experienced fire damage the percentage of white residents is 5.36% greater with respect to similar census-tracts within five miles of the fire, and 4.8% greater than unaffected census-tracts of similar characteristics. These statistically results indicate that whether a census-tract experiences direct fire damage does have a significant impact on amplifying gentrification and racial displacement within the area.

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