What is the difference
between wildfires, prescribed fires, and forest fires?
Some forest fires occur naturally, and these wildfires are a natural part of the life cycle of a forest. Prescribed forest fires are intentionally induced by humans in an effort to enhance potential vegetation growth and reduce the hazard of catastrophic wildfires caused by excessive dry fuel buildup. However, forest fires caused accidentally by humans disrupt this natural life cycle and are seen as a major environmental threat by both loggers and conservationists.
can destroy wilderness, property, and lives. Through discarded smoking
products, sparks from equipment in operation, arced powerlines, and campfires,
among other things, fires are often ignited, and its these unplanned,
uncontrolled, and necessary fires that could be most easily prevented.
lit and tended campfires is another major concern throughout the burning
season. National and state parks often have their own rules and regulations
on campfires and sometimes require campers to obtain a campfire permit.
If campfires are permitted, burn only natural vegetation and untreated
wood products, and don't burn if it is very windy. Also, be sure that
the fire pit is not close to any dry brush or flammable debris. Lastly,
make sure that there is a plentiful supply of water nearby (at least five
gallons), in case the campfire does start to spread. It is always good
to know the local emergency telephone number if a fire spreads beyond
Extinguish the campfire immediately after use, and attend the fire until it is completely out. The ashes should be cool enough to hold in the hand. To read more about forest fires and how to prevent them, please visit the following sites: