This map shows the intersection of wildfire hazard potential and socially vulnerable communities throughout the conterminous United States. Only communities with moderate to very high fire wildfire hazard potential are displayed. Communities with rankings in the top 10% (the 90th percentile of values) are given a value of 1 to indicate high vulnerability. Tracts below the 90th percentile are given a value of 0.
Combining two symbology techniques; sequential colors and graduated symbols, the map is a bivariate representation of communities with two phenomena simultaneously. The sequential colors represent wildfire hazard potential: moderate, high and very high. The graduated symbols represent the level of social vulnerability.
Hover over a point of interest to retrieve the community name, its wildfire hazard potential class and an overall social vulnerability ranking (SVI).
Click on a point of interest to zoom to that location and see the community boundary with wildfire hazard potential colors and a detailed breakdown of the individual values that comprise the spatially weighted overall SVI value. You can also use the search bar in the upper right of the map to zoom to a community boundary and get the same detailed results you get by clicking on a point.
For an explanation of the datasets and analysis that went into the creation of this map click here.
Map authored by Zac Stanley for New Maps Plus