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. 

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.

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. 

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.