Fire management through various treatments such as controlled burns can reduce the threat of wildfires to forests. This indicator considered the application of treatments to high risk, dry forests. Areas of particular risk prioritized for treatment can be termed "targeted treatment areas".

A burned forest outside of Santa Fe, NM, by Nathan Miller.

How is it measured?

The percent of targeted treatment areas that actually received treatment over a five-year period (2017 to 2021) was calculated. That value was rescaled along a scale from 0 to 100%, so that regions where at least 40% of targeted treatment areas received a score of 100% and regions where none of these areas received treatment scored a 0%. The 40% threshold was based on consultation with subject matter experts.