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Fire managers in the U.S. Southern Region face complex challenges regarding current and future wildland fire risk assessment and management. These challenges are compounded by increasing fire intensities due to accumulation of vegetative materials, continued residential growth into wildland fire-prone areas, and increasing firefighting costs. In response, The Southern Group of State Foresters manages and updates a multi-state wildland fire risk assessment for the 13 Southern states.

This critical assessment allows agencies and organizations at the national, state, and local levels to obtain a more comprehensive picture of what the overall potential is for wildland fire and its associated challenges. This project is called the Southern Wildfire Risk Assessment (SWRA).


The Southern Wildfire Risk Assessment project provides fire professionals and other stakeholders with a set of tools for evaluating wildland fire risk in a consistent manner across the region, with the ultimate goal of reducing the potential human, environmental, and property loss caused by wildland fires.
Visit our About SWRA page for more information about the details of the SWRA project.

A variety of presentations and case studies are available that demonstrate the use of the SWRA for fire protection planning. This represent a range of different examples, including CWPP, fuels mitigation planning, Hazard Mitigation Planning and others. Visit our most recent User Meeting web page for lots of examples.

SouthWRAP Web Mapping Portal Development Underway
The Southern Group of State Foresters has embarked on the development of an interactive web mapping portal called the Southern Wildfire Risk Assessment Portal, or SouthWRAP. SouthWRAP will encapsulate updated SWRA results into custom mapping applications, providing tools to easily use the data for wildfire mitigation and prevention planning. This includes capabilities to download data for areas of interest. SouthWRAP will also have a public application to create awareness and educate the public on wildfire risk conditions.

SouthWRAP release is planned for early 2014. Check back soon as updates will be posted describing SouthWRAP capabilities and updated data content .

August 26, 2011
Community Update Pilot Project Methods Report Now Available!

August 8, 2011
USFS R8 Provide New Support for 2011 & 2012

June 6, 2011
Achievements for 2010 & Priorities for 2011 Presented at SGSF Summer Meeting

March 6, 2011
SWRA Used to Support Alabama Budget Planning


June 8, 2010
SWRA Report for Moving Forward Released

January 14, 2010
2009-10 User Group Meeting

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