The Next Generation Fire Severity Mapping is a tool designed to depict the probability of high-severity fire, if a fire were to occur, for several ecoregions in the contiguous western U.S. Statistical models were used to generate “wall-to-wall” maps for 13 of the 19 ecoregions.
Managers can use this information to identify areas with a high probability of having a high-severity fire. Knowing this information, managers can make decisions regarding the use of fuel reduction treatments, such as prescribed fire or allowing a wildland fire to burn if the weather conditions are less than extreme. Managers can also use this tool to see where conversion of forest to grassland or other non-forest ecosystem is occurring. This is useful when working with stakeholders to generate financing for controlled burns or to help determine risk-quantifications for fire insurance. companies.
The Next Generation Fire Severity Mapping provides a series of downloadable maps. All maps use fuel data representing the year 2016 and therefore provide a fairly up-to-date assessment of the potential for high-severity fire.
Parks, S.A., Holsinger, L.M., Panunto M.H., Jolly, W.M., Dobrowski, S.Z., and Dillon, G.K. Next Generation Fire Severity Mapping. Available online at https://www.frames.gov/partner-sites/next-generation-fire-severity-mapping/home.