America's Preparedness Report Card 2015

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Nevada Wildfires

Nevada faces one the greatest wildfire threats among the states assessed, and has taken strong action to address its current risks. While it has begun to investigate how climate change could affect the severity of wildfires in the future, Nevada has not taken any steps toward adopting an adaptation plan or implementing adaptation measures to improve resilience against future wildfire risks.



For more information on how prepared Nevada is for its growing wildfires threat, read the detailed state summary.


Is Nevada Taking Action

  • Nevada is taking strong action to prepare for its current wildfire risks through its Enhanced State Hazard Mitigation Plan (ESHMP) and associated activities, emergency response planning, emergency preparedness materials, and Division of Forestry programs
  • Beyond acknowledging that wildfires may become more frequent in the future in its ESHMP, Nevada has not evaluated its vulnerability to climate change-related wildfires
  • Nevada has also not taken any steps to develop a statewide climate change adaptation plan to address wildfire or implement adaptation measures to improve the state's resilience

Did you know...

  • There were more than twice as many large wildfires (larger than 1,000 acres) burning on U.S. Forest Service land in Nevada each year over the last ten years compared to the 1970s.
  • Over the last 10 years, more than eight times as much area burned each year compared to the 1970s
  • More than 1.2 million people in Nevada live in the wildland-urban interface, where developed and wild lands converge, and vulnerability to wildfire is elevated