Regional North America Wildland Fire Network

A Region of the Global Wildland Fire Network

North America’s landscapes include a range of ecosystems between the boreal forests of Alaska and Canada and the subtropical vegetation in the Southeast of the U.S.A. and Mexico. Extremely large and severe wildfires over the recent years, notably in the U.S.A. and in particular in Canada in 2023, are attributed to and consequences of past land and fire management practices, climate change and new vulnerabilities of society arising at the interface between natural, cultural and urban-industrial landscapes. Regional cooperation in fire management and mutual assistance in wildfire emergencies in North America has a long tradition and is manifested in established agreements between Canada, the U.S.A. and Mexico. More information on the role of the Fire Management Working Group of the North American Forest Commission (NAFC) is given in the Introduction.


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