Wildland fires are a serious threat to lives and property in the U.S. The combination of drought, warmer temperatures, high winds and an excess of dried vegetation in forests and grasslands has made fire seasons progressively worse over the past 50 years. In the past decade, wildfires have burned over 60 million acres of these lands. According to the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC), 2012 saw one of the worst fire seasons in decades, with over nine million acres burned.
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Facts and figures
- According to the National Interagency Fire Center, 2014 saw more than 63,000 wildfires burn over 3.5 million acres.
- In 2014, more than 1,900 primary structures were lost due to wildfire and attributed to house-to-house ignitions. From 2004 – 2014, primary structure losses totaled more than 15,000.
- The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) cites more than 72,000 U.S. communities are now at risk from wildfire.
- InciWeb, an incident information system, provides the most timely and accurate wildfire incident information for the public, media relations and public affairs professionals. Wildfire information on InciWeb includes the name of the fire, location and number of acres burned.
See the map below to find current wildfires activity across the U.S. The map is updated every 24 hours and developed by GeoMAC.
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