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Reducing flammable vegetation to restore ecosystems is important, but it is not enough.

Wildfire does not stop at property boundaries. Communities must prepare for it. To help communities near wildlands, the Forest Service provides grants to train firefighters, buy firefighting equipment, develop community wildfire protection plans, and more. With our partners Wild fire approaching a subdivisionin state and local governments and tribes, we will continue to work hard to keep wildfires away from communities.

Responding to wildfire near homes and neighborhoods is risky and complex. About 70,000 communities in the United States are at risk from wildfire. In the last ten years, wildfires have burned nearly 28,000 buildings, including homes and businesses. Wildfires lower property tax receipts that fund schools and hospitals. They threaten power grids, railroads, and highways, and interrupt people’s jobs. Extreme fires can devastate watersheds that tens of millions of people depend on for water. More than ever, communities are part of the challenges and solutions in the wildland fire environment.


Defensible Space - Everyone's Responsibility

Defensible Space: Protecting Your Home and Property from Wildfire

Do you have Defensible Space around your home in case of a wildfire? Watch this video to learn some things you can do to protect your home and property. Video on Defensible Space

Carpenter 1 Fire Defensible Space

The Carpenter 1 fire started by lightning on July 1, 2013 in the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area in southern Nevada. Over the course of the next two weeks, it burned an estimated 27,000 acres. During this time, two different communities were at risk, Trout Canyon and Kyle Canyon. Trout Canyon, with roughly 35 homes, was at risk between July 4th and 5th. Kyle Canyon, with approximately 335 homes, was at risk between July 8th and 9th. Video on defensible space and the Carpenter 1 fire.


Federal Excess Personal Property Program
Image of the home page of FEPP and link The Federal Excess Personal Property (FEPP) program is a program offered through the U.S. Forest Service. The program is used by various departments in acquiring federal excess property. Read more on FEPP.