Wildfire Hazards—A National Threat

Fact Sheet 2006-3015



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.

Suggested Citation

U.S. Geological Survey, 2006, Wildfire hazards—A national threat: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2006-3015, 2 p.

ISSN: 2327-6932 (online)

Table of Contents

  • A Mounting Threat
  • Science Can Meet the Challenge
  • Tools and Teamwork
  • After the Flames, the Risk Remains
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Wildfire hazards—A national threat
Series title Fact Sheet
Series number 2006-3015
DOI 10.3133/fs20063015
Year Published 2006
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) U.S. Geological Survey
Description 2 p.
Larger Work Type Report
Larger Work Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Larger Work Title USGS Science Helps Build Safer Communities
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