Learn how climate change is increasing large wildfires
in the next 20 years.
Mobilize communities to take action on the crisis.
KNOW OUR FUTURE
This is the future of Very Large Fires (12,000 acres or more) in the United States if we continue on our current path of emitting greenhouse gases. Select the layers on the map below to switch between the Large Fire History (1970-2000) and Large Fire Projection (2040-2060) to see how wildfire rates for your county will increase over the coming decades.
Wildfire data courtesy of John Abatzoglou, a climate scientist at the University of California-Merced, from Climate change presents increased potential for very large fires in the contiguous United States published in the International Journal of Wildland Fire.
Very Large Fires (12,000 acres or more) account for a majority of burned area in many regions of the US. They include the 2018 Camp Fire that burned 153,336 acres, causing $16.5 Billion in damages and the destruction of 18,804 homes and other structures, and completely destroyed the town of Paradise, CA.
Wildfires are complex events arising from environmental conditions, human behaviors, and land management. However, temperature, soil moisture, and the presence of trees, shrubs, and other potential fuel are significant risk factors that have strong ties to climate variability and climate change. Climate change causes forest fuels (the plants and organic matter that fuel wildfires) to be more dry, and has doubled the number of large fires between 1984 and 2015 in the western United States. Climate change is also driving warmer, drier conditions, increasing drought, and extending the fire season, significantly increasing wildfire risk. Once a fire starts, these conditions help fires spread farther faster, and make them harder to put out.
CHANGE OUR FUTURE
We are providing people with the data and tools to mobilize their communities to action. Support our Kickstarter campaign to get posters and biodegradable stickers for yourself or others in at-risk communities to raise awareness about the threat of climate change. These signs serve as a stark reminder to what we will experience, and the communities we will lose, if we fail to act.
WHO WE ARE
Jon Leland is the VP of Insights at Kickstarter and leads the Kickstarter's Environmental Impact Group. He previously created This Place Will Be Water and has been active in environmental work for more than 10 years.
Amanda Rios is a designer at Kickstarter and member of the Kickstarter Environmental Impact Group. She designed the stickers and posters for this project.
John Abatzoglou, a climate scientist and associate professor at the University of California-Merced, provided the data for the climate map.
Danielle Shtab, generously formatted the climate data and developed the initial wildfire map.
Get in touch if you'd like to learn more about this project or want to help out.