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Wildfire hazards—A national threat

January 1, 2006

Wildfires are a growing natural hazard in most regions of the United States, posing a threat to life and property, particularly where native ecosystems meet developed areas.

However, because fire is a natural (and often beneficial) process, fire suppression can lead to more severe fires due to the buildup of vegetation, which creates more fuel.

In addition, the secondary effects of wildfires, including erosion, landslides, introduction of invasive species, and changes in water quality, are often more disastrous than the fire itself.

Publication Year 2006
Title Wildfire hazards—A national threat
DOI 10.3133/fs20063015
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Fact Sheet
Series Number 2006-3015
Index ID fs20063015
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization U.S. Geological Survey