Prevent Wildfires

We are getting ready for wildfire. Are you?

Fire Prevention, Education and Awareness

The Pacific Southwest Region (R5) Fire Prevention Program is directed at reducing the incidence of human caused fires, through personal contact, reduction of fuel hazards, and law enforcement.

The Fire Education Program is centered toward educating the public relative to their perception of fire safety measures promoted in the Pacific Southwest Region and at the local level.

The Fire Awareness Program raises public knowledge regarding the specifics of fire safety, the prevention of human caused wildland fires and the publics' responsibility in these efforts.

Specific direction under the 1995 Federal Wildland Fire Management Policy states:

  • Dept of Interior: "Wildfire prevention is an integral part of the total suppression program and ranges from public education to hazard reduction activities. Bureaus will develop and participate in interagency fire prevention cooperatives."
  • Forest Service: "The objective of wildfire prevention is the cost-efficient reduction of fire suppression expenditures and damages from human-caused fires to levels commensurate with resource management objectives and fire management direction."
  • Others: "Agencies will work together and with other affected groups and individuals to prevent unauthorized ignition of wildland fires."

Reduce Risk

Communities can take steps to reduce and manage risk and become better fire-adapted. Find tools and resources to help mitigate wildfire risk in your community.

  • Create a defensible space. This is the area between a house and an oncoming wildfire where the vegetation has been modified to reduce the wildfire threat and to provide an opportunity for firefighters to effectively defend the house.
  • Use Firewise Landscaping to help create a defensible space around your home and increase your home's chance of surviving a wildfire. Choose fire-resistant building materials and maintain flammable vegetation in the home ignition zone of 100-200 feet surrounding the structure.
  • Proper clearance dramatically increases the chance of your house surviving a wildfire. Defensible space also provides for firefighter safety when protecting homes during a wildland fire.

Learn more about Wildfire Risk to Communities.


1957 Report of Fire Task Force to the Chief

This 1957 report was submitted to the Chief of the Forest Service by a task force including W.R. Moore, V.A. Parker, C.M. Countryman, L.K. Mays, and A.W. Greeley. This report marks the origin of the 10 Standard Firefighting Orders, 18 Watchout Situations and of the research into and use of fire behavior knowledge in wildland firefighting. This report was also a milestone in the development of both the Incident Command System (ICS) and National Advanced Resource Technology Center (NARTC). NARTC has since evolved into the National Advanced Fire and Resource Institute (NAFRI).

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