Human fire starts threaten communities, lands and livelihoods

Over the last six days, firefighters from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) have responded to 82 wildfire starts. Investigators believe all but two of those were likely started by humans.

DNR fire leaders are again urging caution with the expected arrival of hot, windy weather in the extended forecast for this weekend.

Firefighters not actively engaged in the ongoing large wildfires are strategically positioning for the coming weather, but DNR asks every Washingtonian to exercise extra caution when working or playing outdoors.

Wildfire Prevention Resource: New Smokey Bear PSAs Unveiled

The National Association of State Foresters and its partners on the Cooperative Forest Fire Prevention (CFFP) campaign have unveiled new Smokey Bear wildfire prevention public service announcements (PSAs).

For a preview, please visit: http://www.multivu.com/players/English/7896651-ad-council-smokey-bear-wildfire-psa/

The CFFP program is managed by the USDA Forest Service in cooperation with your state forester and the Ad Council. 

Condors safe from Big Sur wildfire for now, but biologists watch nervously

As fires continue to burn across Big Sur, flames and heavy smoke are threatening not just homes and businesses, but also some of the area's most famous residents: dozens of endangered California condors.

Utah Launches Wildfire Risk Assessment Portal

The Utah Department of Natural Resources' newly developed, interactive site —www.utahwildfirerisk.com — allows users to search for and zoom into particular neighborhoods or recreation areas on a statewide map to see the wildfire risk in that zone.

"It's going to change the conversation about wildfires," said state forester Brian Cottam.

Florida leads the nation in prescribed fire acreage

On August 2nd 2016, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam and the Florida Forest Service today announced that more they treated more than 204,000 acres of Florida state forests with prescribed fire. Prescribed fire is an important management tool for keeping natural habitats healthy and reducing wildfire risks. It mimics naturally occurring fires to the benefit of fire-dependent plants and animals, all the while reducing fuel loads and mitigating wildfire risk.

Colorado Homeowners prepare for wildfires

Inhabitants of the wildlife-urban interface are becoming increasingly aware of the threat wildfires pose to their homes and communities. Since wildfires are a risk anywhere where fuels exist, homeowners should take action to minimize the damages of wildfires, such as building with noncombustible materials and creating a defensible space around homes by clearing fuels.

Abandoned, illegal campfire blamed for fatal Soberanes wildfire

An abandoned, illegal campfire sparked the Soberanes wildfire in California that has scorched more than 67-square miles of Monterey County and killed one person, state fire officials announced Tuesday.

The campfire was about 2-feet by 2-feet and burning away from official hiking trails and campsites when it triggered the larger blaze a few miles east of Highway 1 north of Soberanes Creek Trail July 22, an investigator with CAL FIRE said. 

Authorities are still searching for the person or persons who started the campfire.

Wildfires Heat Up Across the West

Homes evacuated. Buildings destroyed. Thousands of acres scorched. The peak of the fire season is yet to come, and it’s only being made worse by climate change.

The wildfires blazing in California, Alaska and across the Southwest are threatening communities and natural resources. In Alaska, the first wildfire this season started in late February, yet the season typically begins in April or May. 

Pre-Order Your Custom 2017 Smokey Bear Pocket Planner

The National Association of State Foresters is now accepting pre-orders for a customized cover of its best-selling Smokey Bear pocket planner.

The 2017 cover features a portion of the classic artwork "Nature's Gold Medal Winner" by Virginia artist Rudolph Wendelin.

Wildlife Returning After Fort McMurray Wildfire

Standing in a burned-out bog near Fort McMurray, Canada, University of Alberta (U of A) researcher Hedwig Lankau is surrounded by small signs of life.

The damp bog is one of her favorite places to explore, after a wildfire changes its ecosystem.

"I find that after the fire it's different, but it's beautiful and it represents that new beginning," Lankau says.

Researchers were already studying the forests around Fort McMurray before a massive wildfire tore through in May, forcing tens of thousands of people to evacuate the city.