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Wildfire in the forest

Every year, wildfires burn across the U.S. and more and more people are living where wildfires are a real risk. Last year, a total of 4,312 structures were destroyed by wildfires, including more than 3,000 homes and more than 70 commercial buildings.

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According to CAL FIRE, the wildfires that devastated the North Bay are nearly contained. At its peak, there were 21 major wildfires that burned over 245,000 acres. The fires destroyed an estimated 8,800 structures and sadly, took the lives of 42 people. 

NFPA provides a number of resources to help residents prepare before a wildfire threatens. Additional information can also help neighborhoods plan for an evacuation and what to do once you return home.


Dr. Jack Cohen, Fire Science Researcher with the USDA Forest Service, explains current research about how homes ignite during wildfires, and the actions that homeowners can take to help their home survive the impacts of flames and embers.  

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  • Firewise USA™ Join the growing network that's taking action and ownership in preparing and protecting their homes against the threat of wildfire.
  • Wildfire map Check the map to find current wildfires activity across the U.S.
  • Safety tips Learn how you can make your property and neighborhood much safer from wildfire.
  • For youth and families Teaching materials and interactive tools for youth audiences.
  • Reports and articles NFPA reports on wildfire and articles from NFPA Journal
  • Wildfire training This training, Assessing Structure Ignition Potential from Wildfire training, identifies the mitigation techniques that are most effective in reducing wildfire damage potential in the home ignition zone.
  • Codes and standards A number of NFPA codes and standards deal directly with wildland personnel and safety issues.
  • International partnerships NFPA has been working closely with countries across the globe.
  • Newsletter Read Fire Break, NFPA's monthly wildfire newsletter