Wildfires by county through 2013.

Wildfires by county through 2013.


A wildfire is an unplanned, unwanted fire burning in a natural area, such as a forest, grassland, or prairie. As building development expands into these areas, homes and businesses may be situated in or near areas susceptible to wildfires. This is called the wildland urban interface. 


Wildfires can occur anywhere in the country. They can start in remote wilderness areas, in national parks, or even in your back yard. Wildfires can start from natural causes, such as lightning, but most are caused by humans, either accidentally—from cigarettes, campfires, or outdoor burning—or intentionally.


Wildfires can occur at any time throughout the year, but the potential is always higher during periods with little or no rainfall, which make brush, grass, and trees dry and burn more easily. High winds can also contribute to spreading the fire. Your community may have a designated wildfire season when the risk is particularly high. 

Know your risk: 

Do you want to have a better understanding of the wildfire risk you and your community face? Below is a map of the United States and the frequency of wildfires greater or equal to 300 acres in your county since 1994.


Featured Resources 


Prepare Your Organization for a Wildfire Playbook

This Playbook contains a conversation guide to help you lead a discussion and a tabletop exercise scenario to help you test your capability to respond to a simulated wildfire.


Organizational Tabletop Exercises PowerPoint

This Organizational Tabletop Exercises PowerPoint deck includes sample tabletop exercises for the following six hazards: earthquakes, winter storms, floods, wildfires, tornadoes, and hurricanes.


Know Your Alerts and Warnings

The factsheet provides a brief summary of the various alerts and warnings available from Federal, state, local governments as well as the private sector that you can sign up for to stay informed and be ready to take action to be safe.


Protect Critical Documents and Valuables

The checklist helps you to take an inventory of your household documents (e.g., financial and medical records), contacts, and valuables.

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Create Your Family Emergency Communication Plan

This document outlines three steps to take to create your Family Emergency Communication Plan: collect contact information for your family and other important contacts; make sure everyone carries a copy of this information with them; and have regular household meetings to review and practice your plan. This document also includes fillable wallet-sized cards—simply type in your information for your family and other important contacts and then print them.

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Communication Tools

This section contains resources on how to promote your day of action, including a Communications Toolkit and a guide on how to customize the free promotional materials.

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America’s PrepareAthon! offers several of the major campaign resources in languages other than English.


Document and Insure Your Property

This document outlines the steps to take to document and insure your property.