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Answers to questions such as "Where are wildfires burning?" and "Are wildfires burning more area over time?" can inform fire management and help people understand how fire activity is changing across the landscape and over time. Although wildland fire data are publicly available, these data are often unusable to those without specific expertise.

A team of scientists from the Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center created the Wildland Fire Trends Tool (WFTT), a data visualization and analysis tool that calculates and displays wildfire trends and patterns for the western U.S. based on user-defined regions of interest, time periods, and ecosystem types. Users can use the tool to easily generate a variety of maps, graphs, and tabular data products that are informative for all levels of expertise. The WFTT provides information that can be used for a wide range of purposes, from helping to set agency fire management objectives to providing useful information to scientists, interested public, and the media.


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