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About Wildfires

What is a Wildfire?

Wildfires are any unplanned fires that burn in forests and other wildlands, such as shrub or grass communities. They’re a powerful natural force we must fully understand, and respect, in order to best help control. Nearly nine out of 10 wildfires nationwide are caused by humans and could have been prevented.

Benefits of Fire


Not all fires, or their effects, are bad for the environment.

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Fire Science


Understanding the science behind wildland fires.

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@smokey_bear 4 months ago
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Smokey Bear Says...

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In 2019,
87% of wildfires were caused by humans.


(Source: nifc.gov)