In 2012, the USGS completed mapping historical wildfires (1972 to 2010) for the full Mojave bioregion of California, Nevada, Arizona and Utah using Landsat data. This work documented wildfire information related to burn perimeters, severity, frequency, and post-fire vegetation characteristics, which is useful to local, State, and Federal land managers. A statistically robust field sampling of current vegetation and seedbank characteristics continued in 2012. This project is expected to result in a better understanding of the effects of fires in the Mojave Desert ecosystem and treatment effectiveness.
Historical burn mapping for the Mojave bioregion and surrounding areas located in California, Nevada, Utah and Arizona. Fire areas for the period 1972 to 2007 are colored red. The Mojave bioregion boundary is dark brown, roads are light gray, and State boundaries are black.