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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.


Carpenter 1 Fire Hazardous Fuels Reduction Projects

aerial view of fuel treatment on the Carpenter 1 fireThe 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. In both cases, a combination of fuel reduction treatments among the homes themselves and in the surrounding forest lands were key to providing firefighters with a place from which they could successfully defend these communities. As is the case with all wildfires, the key to reducing the impact to communities lies in the combined efforts of home owners as well as local, state, and federal agencies working together to create fire adapted communities that can withstand the effects of wildfire. The role of the home owners in taking precautions around their properties and actively engaging with their local, state, and federal partners cannot be over stated as you will hear throughout this video.

Carpenter 1 Fire Hazardous Fuels Reduction Projects Video

Technology in Wildland Fire

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