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Home mostly covered by a debris flow in southern California
March 6, 2020

Debris flow after the 2003 Old Gran Prix fire

Damage from a major post-wildfire landslide that occurred on 25 December 2003 near Devore, San Bernardino County as a result of the Old/Grand Prix fires that ran through the San Bernardino Mountains.

Home damaged by post fire debris flow
March 6, 2020

Home damaged by post-wildfire debris flow in Montecito, CA.

Damage from a major post-wildfire landslide that occurred on 9 January 2018 near Montecito, Santa Barbara County as a result of the 2017 Thomas Fire.

Home damaged by post fire debris flow
January 16, 2018

Montecito home damaged by post-wildfire debrisflow.

Damage from a major post-wildfire landslide that occurred on 9 January 2018 near Montecito, Santa Barbara County as a result of the 2017 Thomas Fire.

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February 22, 2021

USGS 21st Century Science - WILDLAND FIRE (portrait)

$71-$246 BILLION
Net annual economic impact of wildland fire across the U.S.1

650 MILLION
Acres of public lands that are managed for wildland fire.2

16.1 FATALITIES
Average annual fatalities from wildland fire.3

64,000 WILDFIRES

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November 30, 2020

La encrucijada del fuego silvestre

La relación entre la gente y los incendios forestales siempre ha sido paradójica: el fuego es esencial como proceso ecológico y herramienta de gestión, pero también puede ser perjudicial para la vida y la propiedad. En consecuencia, los regímenes de incendios se han modificado a lo largo de la historia, mediante quemas intencionales para promover sus beneficios o mediante

November 30, 2020

Wildfire at the Crossroads

The relationship between people and wildfire has always been paradoxical: fire is an essential ecological process and management tool but can also be detrimental to life and property. Consequently, fire regimes have been modified throughout history through both intentional burning to promote benefits and active suppression to reduce risks. Reintroducing fire and its

October 2, 2020

I Am A...Fire Ecologist

Welcome to the "The I Am A..." series. This is the third video in a series of USGS whiteboard animations that highlight USGS careers. The concept is to show "what society (or my mom) thinks I do" compared with "what I really do." One image captures a more whimsical representation of a "scientist" in the field and the second demonstrates a more accurate representation of

I Am A Fire Ecologist - Coloring Page
October 2, 2020

I Am A Fire Ecologist - Coloring Page

I Am A Fire Ecologist - Coloring Page

Attribution: Ecosystems
Red Eagle Fire, Montana.

A fire ecologist takes pictures of the location of the Red Eagle Fire.

A fire ecologist takes pictures of the location of the Red Eagle Fire in Montana, 2007.

Satellite image showing Existing Vegetation over the US.
December 31, 2016

LANDFIRE Existing Vegetation Type

LANDFIRE's Existing Vegetation Type layer from the Data Distribution Site.

Attribution: Land Resources
Thermal imaging for fire research
October 17, 2019

Thermal imaging for fire research

Use of thermal imaging helps researchers to understand the relationship of fuels and fire effects, Valles Caldera National Preserve, New Mexico, 2019. 

Attribution: Ecosystems
Rim Fire in Yosemite National Park.
July 10, 2020

Rim Fire in Yosemite National Park.

Rim Fire in Yosemite National Park.

Attribution: Ecosystems