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Does the USGS conduct studies on wildfire?

Yes. The USGS Wildland Fire Science Program produces information to identify the causes of wildfires, understand the impacts and benefits of both wildfires and prescribed fires, and help prevent and manage larger, catastrophic events. Our fire scientists provide data, tools and information that are used by fire and land managers to make decisions before, during, and after wildfires in ecosystems across the U.S. 

Studied topics include: 

  • Dynamics and risks 

  • Geological and hydrological process effects 

  • Geospatial and remote sensing applications 

  • The human dimension 

  • Management tools 

  • Plant, animal, and ecosystem effects 

  • Restoration and recovery