Confronting the Wildfire Crisis in the Southwestern Region

Wildfire crisis
Strategy and
Landscape Investments in The Southwestern Region

America's forests are in a state of fire emergency, with nearly a quarter of the lower 48 states' forests at moderate to very high risk of severe wildfires. The American West has borne the brunt of catastrophic wildfire seasons, with fires growing in both size and severity.

In 2022, the Forest Service launched a 10-year strategy to address the wildfire crisis across the west.

The Wildfire Crisis Strategy identifies the right places to do the work. 21 Wildfire Crisis Strategy Landscapes, encompassing 134 firesheds across the nation, have been designated for Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act investments in Fiscal Years 2022 and 2023.Significant work is also occurring on firesheds both within and outside these landscapes through regular appropriations and special efforts like the Collaborative Forest Restoration and Joint Chiefs' programs.

The Wildfire Crisis Strategy aims to dramatically increase fuels and forest health treatments, including on four designated landscapes in Arizona and New Mexico.

Southwestern Region Landscapes

A man in a fire uniform speaks into a walkie talkie. Flames from a pile burn are on the steep, forested slope far behind him.
Pile burning in Taos Ski Valley on October 29, 2023. USDA Forest Service Photo by Zach Behrens.

Enchanted Circle
New Mexico | Carson National Forest | 1.5 million acres

Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI)
Arizona | Apache-Sitgreaves, Coconino, Kaibab, and Tonto National Forests | 2.4 million acres

Greater Prescott Area Wildfire Protection and Restoration
Arizona | Prescott National Forest | 410,000 acres

San Carlos Apache Tribal Forest Protection Project
Arizona | Apache-Sitgreaves, Coronado, Tonto National Forests | 3 million acres

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