Smokey Bear: About Wildfires

What is a Wildfire?

Wildfires are any unplanned fires that burn in forests and other wildlands, such as shrub or grass communities. They’re a powerful natural force we must fully understand, and respect, in order to best help control. Nearly nine out of 10 wildfires nationwide are caused by humans and could have been prevented.

Benefits of Fire


Not all fires, or their effects, are bad for the environment.

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Fire Science


Understanding the science behind wildland fires.

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Fighting Wildfires


Learn about the frontline and tools for fighting wildfires.

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Natural Disasters, Wildfires
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2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade, Adults

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