Wildfires start because of people or lightning. This dashboard, based on data from the National Interagency Fire Center, shows the breakdown, both nationally and regionally. The rate of human-caused wildfires has been pretty steady at more than 80 percent, but some lightning-caused blazes in Alaska and the West can get very big and influence the national acreage totals. Learn more about the issue by checking out our wildfire page and PowerPoint deck.
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- 2013 wildfire season way below average
- Up in smoke: federal wildfire suppression costs are rising
- Viewing the Yosemite Rim Fire in context: images, maps, and graphics
- The fuels dilemma and Western wildfires
- Counting homes in the Western WUI
- Arizona firefighter disaster could be pivotal moment
- Yarnell Hill wildfire is third-deadliest for U.S. firefighters
- Mapping the Wildland-Urban Interface
- A century of wildland firefighter deaths
- Wildfire ignition trends: humans versus lightning
- Gauging wildfire severity with suppression metrics
- Tracking trends in recent wildfire activity