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About Wildland Fire

What is a Wildfire?

Wildfires are any unwanted, 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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Fighting Wildfires


Learn about the frontline and tools for fighting wildfires.

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@smokey_bear 4 hours ago
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RT @TedRForester: @smokey_bear It's hot. Be careful out there! https://t.co/pLfrYYWSfN

@smokey_bear 4 hours ago

In 2015,
58,916 human-caused wildfires burned over
2 million acres.