Southern California neighborhood scarred by wildfire. Photo: Jon Keeley, USGS Western Ecological Research Center. Public domain.

Study: More U.S. Homes Burn in Grassland and Shrubland Fires than Forest Wildfires

Caitlin Dempsey

A new study in Science reports that in the United States, grassland and shrubland fires tend to be more extensive and burn more houses than forest fires.

Fire and embers glow orange on the floor of a conifer forest at twilight.

Mapping Wildfire Movement

Caitlin Dempsey

The Fire Events Data Suite is being used to map near real-time wildfire behavior including fire perimeters, active front, and total burned areas.

Satellite imagery of a wildfire burning in Canada with smoke streaming from the area.

Wildfires in Canada

Caitlin Dempsey

Canada's boreal forests are facing a strong start to the 2023 wildfire season in Alberta and British Columbia.

A satellite image of a wildfire burning across Oregon.

2023 Wildfires in the Western United States

Caitlin Dempsey

So far in early August of 2023, the wildfire season in the western United States has not been as intense as prior years when a years-long drought was raging.

A tree burning in the North wildfire in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks in 2004.

Causes of Wildfires in the United States

Caitlin Dempsey

Every year, thousands of wildfires rage across the United States, consuming millions of acres.

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