Fire and Fuels

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The Daniel Boone National Forest utilizes a variety of fire management tools including fire suppression, fire prevention and fuels management. The use of these tools, in combination, enhances protection of forest resources, homes and adjacent lands.

The Daniel Boone National Forest averages approximately 150 wildfires annually which burn an average of 7,000 acres. Almost 80 percent of wildfires on the forest are attributed to arson.

The Forest Service objective of fire suppression is "to safely suppress wildfires at minimum cost consistent with land and resource management objectives..."

Current Wildfires

There are currently no large fires on the Daniel Boone National Forest. 

Fire News

For the latest fire news look in our Alerts and Notices section or contact your local Forest Service Ranger Station or office, or click on one of the following dispatch centers:

National Fire Information

Fire Science

Since the beginning of time, fires have burned in the forest, playing a vital role in keeping the land healthy. Learn more...

Fire Prevention And Safety

Since people cause most wildfires, we all have a part in preventing them. You can do your part at your campsite and around your home.  Learn more...

Fire Plans and Partnerships

The region has expanded fire assessment, suppression, and prevention programs to carry out the National Fire Plan. Effectively managing forest fuels and dealing with wildfires requires coordination between the Forest Service, Kentucky Division of Forestry, other agencies, groups and communities.

Fire Hire

The Forest Service hires permanent and seasonal firefighters. Seasonal job hirings are usually done by March every year.  Look for job series #0462, which includes most fire-related jobs in USAJobs. Some work is done by contractors.

Fire Danger Ratings

What does "moderate fire danger" mean, anyway? Check here for a better understanding of fire danger levels and how they may affect your recreational activities. Learn more >>>

Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER)

While many wildfires cause minimal damage to the land and pose few threats to the land or people downstream, some fires cause damage that requires special efforts to prevent problems afterwards. Loss of vegetation exposes soil to erosion; water runoff may increase and cause flooding; sediments may move downstream and damage houses or fill reservoirs putting endangered species and community water supplies at risk. Learn more...