New Partnership Focuses on Increased Use of Fire in California for Natural Resource and Public Benefits

Federal and State agency officials gathered today with conservation and community fire protection groups to kick off the inaugural workshop for a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will promote the careful and expanded use of fire for natural resource and other social benefits in California.

Partnership Announces 2016 Wildfire Mitigation Awardees

WASHINGTON (January 22, 2016)—Individuals and Organizations Honored for Exemplary Commitment to Community Fire Protection

The Wildfire Mitigation Awards Committee has announced the 2016 Wildfire Mitigation Award winners. Established in 2014, the awards are the highest commendation for the innovation and leadership displayed by individuals and organizations committed to wildfire preparedness and mitigation.

2015 now costliest wildfire season on record

The 2015 wildfire season is now the costliest on record, with $1.71 billion spent to fight the blazes, the U.S. Forest Service said Wednesday.

The previous record of $1.67 billion, adjusted for inflation, was set in fiscal year 2002, U.S. Department of Agriculture communications director Matt Herrick said. 

With the season nearly over, 9.8 million acres burned in 2015, the second-highest total since records began in 1960, according to the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho. Only 2006, with 9.87 acres charred, had a higher total.