Forests, Fire and You
The health and sustainability of the South’s forests are dependent on fire management. State forestry agencies are responsible for protecting 94% of the total land area in the South from wildfire.
Wildfire in the South
The South has the highest number of wildfires per year of any region in the United States with an average of 68,000 wildfires burning a total of approximately 938,000 acres per year. In 2006, the South had more than 50 percent of all wildfires reported in the nation.
More than 100 million acres in the South are classified as having moderate to extreme potential for wildfire occurrence. To address the significant wildfire problem in the South, SGSF conducted a Southern Wildfire Risk Assessment. Fire in the South 2 presents comprehensive information on southern wildfire situation, explains the objectives of the Southern Wildfire Risk Assessment, and demonstrates through case studies some of its practical application.
2011 Texas Wildfires
A new publication completed by the Texas A&M Forest Service regarding the 2011 Texas Wildfires can be found here and also under the Publications page.