North American Seasonal Fire Assessment and Outlook

The North American Seasonal Fire Assessment and Outlook NACSP Focus Area will establish an ongoing international partnership for providing weather, climate, and fuels information, and their effects on wildland fire activity in support of operational wildland fire management in North America.  Objectives of this activity are:

  • Decision support: Provide detailed assessments of long-range weather and climate trends, evolution of fuels states, and fire potential for wildland fire management decision makers across North America.
  • Products and services: Continue developing products and services for wildland fire managers that address the changing environments affecting fire.
  • Knowledge sharing:  Improve collaboration with climate experts in other focus areas such as observation and monitoring, drought, modeling, and seasonal forecasting.

Relevant Links:

Current North American Seasonal Fire Potential Outlook -  This document provides a broad assessment of those factors that will contribute to an increase or decrease of seasonal fire activity. 

Battling Blazes Across Borders. Wildfire is a naturally occurring phenomenon that doesn’t recognize political boundaries. When large fires rage in parts of North America, the countries of Canada, the United States, and Mexico strive to work together to share firefighting resources. The U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit features a case study on transboundary coordination for wildfires.


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Americans’ health, security and economic wellbeing are tied to climate and weather. Every day, we see communities grappling with environmental challenges due to unusual or extreme events related to climate and weather. In 2017, the United States experienced a record-tying 16 climate- and weather-related disasters where overall costs reached or exceeded $1 billion. Combined, these events claimed 362 lives, and had significant economic effects on the areas impacted, costing more than $306 billion. Businesses, policy leaders, resource managers and citizens are increasingly asking for information to help them address such challenges.