Nationwide, more than 75,000 wildfires are reported
each year. About nine out of ten fires are caused by people. Wildfires
destroy homes and damage wildlife habitat and watersheds that provide
drinking water for millions of people.
Arson fires are set deliberately, but people cause
fires in many ways: unattended campfires; fireworks; sparks from
equipment or vehicles without working spark arrestors; or burning
leaves and debris. Wildfires started by cigarettes tossed from cars
or by children playing with matches can be deadly too. It’s
everyone’s job to prevent human-caused wildfires.
It’s always wildfire season somewhere in the
U.S. Be prepared! Know what to do before a wildfire strikes your
area. Prepare your home and your community.
Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPPs) help communities address
wildfire response, community preparedness, and structure protection.
Through CWPPs, communities can influence how and where federal
agencies reduce hazardous fuels.
program is a multi-agency effort to help homeowners, community
leaders, planners, and developers work together to protect people,
property, and natural resources from the risk of wildland fire—
before a fire approaches. The Firewise program emphasizes wildfire
readiness and responsible community design, including fire-resistant
building materials and landscaping.