Rangeland Wildfire

Uncharacteristically large wildfires have burned millions of acres of rangelands in Oregon, and wildfire impacts are increasingly visible and concerning to Oregonians throughout the state. Southeastern Oregon rangelands are particularly vulnerable to fire because their resilience is limited by the arid climate, invasive species such as cheatgrass have gained a foothold across millions of acres, and they are at risk of complete ecosystem conversion when stressors of wildfire and invasive annual grasses converge. INR works with partners and collaborators to improve wildfire risk mapping in rangeland ecosystems and make wildfire risk information accessible to Oregonians.