Data Visualizations

Climate change and the legacy of fire suppression will continue to make the wildfire season longer, costlier, and more destructive.

  • Fire is essential to maintaining ecosystem health in many Western forests, woodlands, and grasslands, but decades of fire suppression have caused an unnatural build-up of fuels in some areas.
  • Fire activity varies year to year, largely due to the weather, but blazes are generally getting bigger, burning longer, doing more damage, and costing more to suppress.
  • An increasing number of acres are being treated with mechanical thinning and prescribed burns, but the backlog is tremendous and there is some disagreement about where to focus the work.


Data Visualizations on Wildfires