Mitigate Wildfire Risk

Monthly banner for May that reads 'Mitigate Wildfire Risk'

This month’s theme provides the opportunity to discuss the year-round, #365Response mitigation initiatives that the Forest Service does in addition to the highly publicized work seen during a severe wildfire season.

Picture of fire burning in Georgia

The Bugaboo Fire, which raged from April to June 2007, was the largest fire in the history of both Georgia and Florida. The Bugaboo, which was not actually named until it had blazed for nearly a month, started in the Okefenokee Swamp, in Georgia and merged with other fires in Florida and Georgia. Prescribed burns that took place as restoration efforts on the Osecola National Forest in early February helped stop the blaze from moving closer to the city limits of Lake City and Taylor, FL. Photo courtesy of FEMA.

Did You Know?

  • One of the most effective ways to mitigate wildfire risk is to actively manage and maintain resilient landscapes.
  • To ensure the Nation's forests and grasslands are resilient to the impacts of wildfire, we must actively manage the land.
  • When responding to a wildfire, the Forest Service works with Federal and State partners in a coordinated manner that is safe and efficient.
  • Mitigating wildfire risk requires continuous work with Federal, State and local partners.

Video: Why Fire is Good (But You Still Shouldn't Start a Forest Fire)

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Wildfire in Georgia

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Wildfire in Georgia. Photo courtesy of the Georgia Forestry Commission, Bugwood.org.

The Guide to Prescribed Fire in Southern Ecosystems

Students and fire crew head into the woods at the Savannah River Site. Photo courtesy of Savannah River Ecology Laboratory.
Students and fire crew head into the woods at the Savannah River Site. Photo courtesy of Savannah River Ecology Laboratory.

Graphic showing wildfire risk zones in relation to the distance from a house

Is Your Home at Risk from Wildfire?
Online Wildfire Risk Assessment Tool

Cutline: The primary goal for Firewise landscaping is fuel reduction — limiting the amount of flammable vegetation and materials surrounding the home and increasing the moisture content of remaining vegetation. Image courtesy of Firewise.org.

Wildfire Suppression in 1916
Early firefighting manual restored

Front view of restored manual. SRS image.
Front view of restored manual. SRS image.