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The USDA Forest Service is the largest wildland firefighting force in the world.

More than 10,000 highly-trained Forest Service firefighters are ready to respond to wildfire with hand tools, engines, aircraft, and leading-edge technology. The Forest Service could not respond effectively to fires without its partners. Federal, tribal, state, and local agencies are fire line allies on wildland fires across the country.

The Forest Service does not manage all wildfires the same way. Response can range from monitoring a fire that is beneficial to an ecosystem to aggressively putting out a fire that threatens people or resources they need. When it comes to human-caused wildfires, however, the Forest Service has only one strategy: direct, aggressive suppression. Safety is the highest priority on every fire.


Technology in Wildland Fire

Forest Service scientists continue to develop technology that helps us understand complex fires and make sound decisions.