History

The National Park Service’s mission, unique among federal agencies, has made its history of fire policy diverge from that of its peers. See the changes and advancements of wildland fire practices and perspectives through history.

See our Fire History timeline.

A Test of Adversity and Strength:
Wildland Fire in the National Park System

by Hal K. Rothman

National parks and fire have an intimate and unbreakable relationship. But since the 1872 establishment of Yellowstone National Park—the world’s first national park—the desire to suppress, control, and manage fire has been an integral part of the management of federal park areas.

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