Wildfire

Vilsack, Salazar, Tidwell give briefing on wildfire readiness

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar discussed the federal government's readiness for the upcoming wildfire season to ensure protection for communities and restoration of forests and public lands. The Secretaries were joined by FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell and National Predictive Services Program Manager of the National Interagency Fire Center Ed Delgado.

Wildfire

Nowadays it is always wildfire season somewhere in the United States. In 2016, more than 67,000 wildfires burned more than 5.5 million acres of land in the United States. 

State Foresters are responsible for wildfire protection on two thirds of America’s forested lands. State forestry agencies and their partners provide critical resources and experience to wildland fire management and suppression as part of the coordinated national wildfire response. State forestry agencies also support prevention and mitigation efforts to reduce the threat of wildland fire in the first place.

Colorado governor suspends controlled burns in wake of wildfire fatalities

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper suspended prescribed burns used to mitigate fire danger after a controlled blaze apparently ignited a wildfire west of Denver that killed an elderly couple and destroyed many homes. Although the origins of the Lower North Fork Fire are officially under investigation, the Colorado State Forest Service has said that a controlled burn it conducted was the likely source of the fire.

2011 Communities at Risk

NASF continually surveys all states to determine progress in identifying communities at risk and developing Community Wildfire Protection Plans. This report helps provide a national snapshot of wildland fire risk, preparedness and capacity. The FY2011 data was collected through the U.S. Forest Service's National Fire Plan Operations & Reporting System (NFPORS), and reflects data accomplishments through September 30, 2011.

2010 Communities at Risk

NASF continually surveys all states to determine progress in identifying communities at risk and developing Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPPs). This report helps provide a national snapshot of wildland fire risk, preparedness and capacity. The FY2010 data was collected through the U.S. Forest Service's National Fire Plan Operations & Reporting System (NFPORS), and reflects data accomplishments through September 30, 2010.