Fire Information


For FY2023 Controlled Burn Area Maps, follow the link to the Southern Region Prescribed Burn Accomplishment Tracker.

FY2022 Completed Controlled Burn Area Maps


TFS Texas Burn Ban Map

No open campfires are allowed anywhere on National Forest Land in counties where a burn ban is in place. This includes developed recreation areas and hunter camps. Only gas and propane grills, lanterns and stoves are allowed.   In counties with no burn bans, open campfires are allowed in recreation areas and hunter camps, but be extremely cautious with campfires and make sure it is doused with water and cold to the touch before leaving an area. If you see any unattended fire, contact the Ranger’s office immediately or call 911. Thank you and enjoy your National Forests.

Roadside controlled burn - Sam Houston N.F. 

Fire Management Videos

Misconceptions and Benefits of Fire

The most common misconception of wildfire is that all fire is bad. But there are important benefits that smaller and more frequent fires offer to the environment. Matt Jolly, an ecologist at the U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station, talks about the natural and important role of fire in maintaining a healthy ecosystem.

Why We Can't Just Let Fire Burn

With the understanding the fire on the landscape is important to forest health, why aren’t more fires allowed to burn? Colin Hardy, program manager at the U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station, explains the balance of improving forest health and protecting critical infrastructure from uncharacteristic fires.

Understanding Fuels: Forest Fire Science

Forest managers and wildland firefighters will often talk use the word “fuels.” What are fuels? It’s both the living and dead vegetation in a forest that can potentially burn in a wildfire. David Peterson, biologist for the U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station, explains how reducing fuels helps to reduce the intensity of wildfires.

Understanding Smoke

The impact of smoke on human health is a factor that is taken into account when forest managers are planning prescribed burns. David Weise, a research forester with the U.S. Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station, explains how research seeks to improve the ability for managers to better predict the impacts of smoke.

How do we minimize the risk of catastrophic fires?

Fires that burn vegetation on the forest floor are important for forest health and are much easier to manage. Doug Grafe, fire protection chief for the Oregon Department of Forestry, explains how fuel reduction through active management and through prescribed fire can help with the prevention of catastrophic wildfires.

Insects, Disease, Drought, and Fire

Forests in the western United States are seeing increases in insects and disease. The resulting increase in tree mortality is creating more fuel for potential wildfires. Randy Moore, regional forester of the U.S. Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region, talks about drought and the impacts it has on our landscapes.

For Fire and Aviation Management employment opportunities, visit the National FAM page.

Stop Illegal Marijuana Cultivation

Marijuana detection - Report suspicious activity on the forest to law enforcement at (936-639-8530).