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Area Burned by Large Wildfires

Figure 6.5

U.S. Global Change Research Program USGCRP
Katherine Weingartner

This figure appears in chapter 6 of the Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States: The Fourth National Climate Assessment, Volume II report.

This figure illustrates the area burned by large wildfires (greater than 1,000 acres in the western United States and greater than 500 acres in the eastern United States) for 1984–2014. Although the area with moderate-to-high burn severity (amount of fire damage to the forest canopy) has increased in recent decades, it has not changed as a proportion of the total area burned (severity does vary across regions). Increases in the areas of severely burned forests will have implications for ecosystem processes, such as tree regeneration3b10be87-7424-4be2-98bc-6abf8e3d5f9f,2e82b9a4-a205-44d9-aa99-fa9ce7420169,925979ac-7e9f-4cf0-9c70-461c5e35e4a2 and ecosystem services, including timber production, water quality, and recreation. Source: redrawn from EPA 2016.32a27ac6-82cf-4a78-b93b-78b224c0d43f

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