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.
U.S. Geological Survey, 2006, Wildfire hazards—A national threat: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2006-3015, 2 p.
ISSN: 2327-6932 (online)
Table of Contents
- A Mounting Threat
- Science Can Meet the Challenge
- Tools and Teamwork
- After the Flames, the Risk Remains
Additional publication details
|Publication Subtype||USGS Numbered Series|
|Title||Wildfire hazards—A national threat|
|Series title||Fact Sheet|
|Publisher||U.S. Geological Survey|
|Publisher location||Reston, VA|
|Contributing office(s)||U.S. Geological Survey|
|Larger Work Type||Report|
|Larger Work Subtype||USGS Numbered Series|
|Larger Work Title||USGS Science Helps Build Safer Communities|
|Online Only (Y/N)||Y|