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Wildfire in the forest


Every year, wildfires burn across the United States, and a growing number of people are living where wildfires are a real risk. In 2016, a total of 4,312 structures were destroyed by wildfires, including more than 3,000 homes and more than 70 commercial buildings.

In 2017, the U.S. saw more than 56,000 wildfires burn more than 9 million acres of land, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. 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.


Video: 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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Questions? Contact NFPA's Wildfire Division.
In This Section
  • Firewise USA® NFPA's Firewise USA® program teaches people how to adapt to living with wildfire and encourages neighbors to work together and take action now to prevent losses.
  • 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.
  • 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 outreach & partnerships NFPA has been working closely with countries across the globe.
  • Newsletter Read Fire Break, NFPA's monthly wildfire newsletter
  • Contact us Contact NFPA's Wildfire Division