America's Preparedness Report Card 2015

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Tennessee Wildfires

Tennessee faces an overall below average threat from wildfire. It has also taken limited action to assess its future risks, but state agencies have otherwise taken no action to address future risks.



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


Is Tennessee Taking Action?

  • Tennessee takes part in the national Firewise program, and provides support to its communities to help protect themselves from the impacts of wildfires
  • The Department of Transportation participated in an Federal Highway Administration Extreme Weather Vulnerability Assessment Pilot Project, which included a climate change vulnerability assessment for transportation sector. However, the state has not conducted a statewide assessment across all sectors examined
  • Tennessee has not yet developed a statewide climate change adaptation plan and has not taken steps to implement resilience strategies

Did you know...

  • More than 2.3 million people in Tennessee live within the wildland-urban interface, where developed and wild lands converge and intersperse, and vulnerability to wildfire is elevated
  • By 2050, Tennessee’s average number of days with high wildfire potential is projected to double from 15 to more than 30 days a year