Resource Management

Fire Management Program

Two firefighters watch a burn in progress

After many years of fire exclusion, an ecosystem that needs periodic fire becomes unhealthy. Trees are stressed by overcrowding; fire-dependent species disappear; and flammable fuels build up and become hazardous. However, the right fire at the right place at the right time helps maintain healthy forests, communities and watersheds. (Click photo to see more).

In 2016, fire managers successfully treated 34,466 acres on the Forests through prescribed fire. Over the last 10 years, an average of 29,312 acres have been treated through prescribed fire per year. See examples of #GoodFire at:



2018 Prescribed Fire Program & Alerts

When conditions are just right, fire managers begin the prescribed fire treatments essential to improving wildlife habitat and maintaining a healthy forest. Approximately 32,000 acres across the Forests may be treated through mid-May 2018.

Map Legend
Legend for the prescribed burn area maps

Tan areas are planned for burning.

Red areas will be burned today.

Gray areas have already been burned.


Photos of #GoodFire at:


Wildland Fire and You

U.S. Forest Service:

Communities and Homeowners

Logos for fire websites







Read more about Fires in the South

Final summary of 2016 wildfires
on the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests

Things to know about fire in the South