Wildfire Prevention Tips and Campaign History

Only you can prevent wildfires!

Nearly nine out of every 10 wildfires in the United States are human-caused, which demonstrates one staggering fact: most of our nation's wildfires can be prevented. 

It’s always fire season somewhere in the United States and every region of the country can experience unplanned wildfires. State Foresters know that fire prevention is critically important to protect America's forests. 

Through the Cooperative Forest Fire Prevention (CFFP) Committee, NASF works with the USDA Forest Service and the Ad Council to support the message of Smokey Bear, the iconic symbol of wildfire prevention. Learn about the living legend of Smokey Bear at https://smokeybear.com/en/smokeys-history/story-of-smokey.

The CFFP program was authorized under the Smokey Bear Act of May 23, 1952. The resulting Smokey Bear campaign is the longest running public service announcement (PSA) campaign in United States history. Download wildfire prevention PSAs at www.psacentral.org

Learn more about the Smokey Bear wildfire prevention campaign on smokeybear.com.

Smokey Bear Products

To purchase Smokey Bear educational materials visit the NASF store at www.stateforesters.org/store.

For information about becoming a licensee of Smokey Bear products, contact The Metis Group.

Wildfire Prevention Tips

Wildfires are one of the greatest threats to our nation’s forests. Unplanned, human-caused fires know no boundaries and can happen anywhere. No matter where you are, it is essential to be aware of dry and hazardous conditions and always practice fire safety. Learn specific tips for preventing wildfires through the resources below.

Campfire Safety
Read Smokey Bear's tips for selecting the right campfire site, preparing a fire pit, and extinguishing your campfire at https://smokeybear.com/en/prevention-how-tos/campfire-safety

Backyard Debris Burning
Learn before you burn. Get information about backyard burning of yard waste at https://smokeybear.com/en/prevention-how-tos/backyard-debris-burning. To learn whether there are burn restrictions in place near you, contact your state forestry agency.

Equipment Maintenance and Use
Proper maintenance and use of outdoor equipment and vehicles can help prevent sparks that can cause a wildfire. Learn about lawn care and vehicle safety at https://smokeybear.com/en/prevention-how-tos/equipment-use-and-maintenance.

Connect with Smokey Bear

You can follow Smokey Bear on Twitter at twitter.com/smokey_bear and Like him on Facebook at facebook.com/smokeybear.

Contact your state forestry agency to schedule a Smokey Bear appearance and fire prevention education presentation.

Smokey Bear Awards

In the world of wildfire prevention there is no greater honor than to receive the national Smokey Bear Award. This prestigious awards program recognizes individuals and organizations for outstanding service in wildfire prevention programs. Information is available at smokeybear.com/awards.

Smokey Bear Use Protocol

Commercial use of Smokey Bear’s image is managed by the USDA Forest Service through The Metis Group. The team monitors inappropriate and unlawful uses including illegal commercial products that may be offered on social media. Please be assured that we are following our procedures to have them cease and desist. Smokey’s image can be licensed for products that are in keeping with the wildfire prevention campaign and as such is subject to laws regarding use, similar to any other licensed images. By words or illustrations, Smokey Bear should not endorse a commercial product, service, political position or anything other than a wildfire prevention message. Any commercial use (i.e. products sold, money raised, etc.) that is not licensed through the Forest Service is an illegal use. All licensing-related inquiries should be directed to The Metis Group LLC at SmokeyBear@TheMetisGroup.com. Smokey’s name, image and slogan, whether in entirety or in part, should only be used in conjunction with a wildfire prevention message. Use for any other reason is an inappropriate use of the image, name or slogan. 

Contact Information

Whitney Forman-Cook
Communications Director
National Association of State Foresters

Allyse Depenbrock
Assistant Campaign Manager
The Ad Council

Gwen Beavans
National Fire Prevention Coordinator
USDA Forest Service