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Wildfire Hazards - A National Threat

Fact Sheet 2006-3015

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Abstract

Wildfires are a growing natural hazard in most regions of the United States, posing a threat to life and property, particularly where native ecosystems meet developed areas. However, because fire is a natural (and often beneficial) process, fire suppression can lead to more severe fires due to the buildup of vegetation, which creates more fuel. In addition, the secondary effects of wildfires, including erosion, landslides, introduction of invasive species, and changes in water quality, are often more disastrous than the fire itself.

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Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Wildfire Hazards - A National Threat
Series title:
Fact Sheet
Series number:
2006-3015
Edition:
-
Year Published:
2006
Language:
ENGLISH
Publisher:
Geological Survey (U.S.)
Contributing office(s):
U.S. Geological Survey
Description:
2 p.
Larger Work Type:
Report
Larger Work Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Larger Work Title:
USGS Science Helps Build Safer Communities