Disaster Analysis 2024

NASS can now monitor agricultural disasters in near real-time and provide quantitative assessments using remotely sensed data and geospatial techniques. This page provides disaster assessments in geospatial data format, reports, and metadata as available. A flood monitoring methodology paper is located here.

Texas Wildfires: February 26 - March 2024

Beginning on February 26th (2024), emergency alerts were issued for multiple wildfires in northern Texas with potential to expand. The Smokehouse Creek incident was the largest of these wildfires and is the largest wildfire in Texas history with over one million acres of land burned. Damage reported in affected areas included hundreds of burned homes, thousands of livestock dead, and destruction of crops, grasslands, and ranching infrastructure. The United States Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) produced an assessment on the extent of potential damage to agricultural land and activities in the State of Texas from this event. Using the 2023 Cropland Data Layer and the WFIGS Current Interagency Fire Perimeters shapefile downloaded on March 7th (2024), NASS identified agricultural areas that may have been affected by the wildfires. Sampled burned areas were visually confirmed using Sentinel-2 Multi-Spectral Imagery (MSI) and WorldView-3, WorldView-2, and GeoEye-1 high resolution imagery (© 2023 Maxar and © 2024 Maxar).

Interactive Story Map (click thumbnail image below to view): ArcGIS Story Map of Texas Wildfires 2024

For an interactive version of this disaster assessment product, please view the "Texas Wildfires (2024) ArcGIS Story Map". Note: The Story Map can be viewed on a desktop or mobile device. However, it is best viewed using either Chrome or Edge web browsers, and may not display properly on Safari.

Files available for download: Synopsis | Event Report (PDF)

Map of Texas Wildfires (February 26 thru March 2024)

Download higher resolution map: PNG

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Last Modified: 04/08/2024