2016-2018 Southern Plains Wildfire Assessment Report
Between 2016 and 2018, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Southern Plains Climate Hub led a project to assess the impacts of the recent historic 2016 and 2018 wildfires on the Southern Plains. Titled the 2016-2018 Southern Plains Wildfire Assessment, this project was coordinated with multiple agencies and organizations across the region, including the Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program (SCIPP), a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Regional Integrated Science and Assessment (RISA) team; University of Oklahoma’s Center for Spatial Analysis; and the USDA Agricultural Research Service Grazinglands Research Laboratory, among others.
Elements of this project included three local stakeholder events across the affected region as well as a research component investigating characteristics of vegetation recovery within these areas.
The findings of both are coupled in this assessment report to encourage the risk reduction measures of future wildfire recovery and preparedness efforts across the Southern Plains.