Wildland Fire

Three hikers cross a hillside above an alpine lake. A plume of smoke floats to the right from a wildfire in the distance.

"By forces seemingly antagonistic and destructive Nature accomplishes her beneficent designs, now a flood of fire, again in the fullness of time an outburst of organic life... "
— John Muir

Lassen Volcanic National Park manages wildland fire to protect the public; park communities and infrastructure; conserve natural and cultural resources; and maintain and restore natural ecosystem processes. Lassen Volcanic Fire Management completes fire management activities year-round, however lightning-ignited wildfire and its related effects occur most often between July and October.

A road winds down a mountain slope with smoke rising from a wildfire in the distance.
Current Fire Activity & Restrictions

Wildfires often occur between July and October. Campfire restrictions may occur as a result of increased wildfire danger.

An aerial photo of a one-story visitor center and parking area surrounded by conifer forest. Most of
2021 Dixie Fire

The footprint of the largest fire in park history covers 69% of the park.

Two firefighters walk along the edge of a low-intensity forest fire. A person on the left holds a dr
Fire Management

Lassen Volcanic employs five fire management strategies within the park.

An equipment operator uses a feller buncher to cut and move a small tree in a dense conifer forest.
Northwest Gateway Project

This multi-year project includes the use of mechanical equipment and prescribed fire to restore forest health in the northwest area.

Two people in yellow hard hats hold either end of a crosscut saw to cut down a conifer tree.
Feather River Headwaters Project

This state-funded collaborative project includes fuel reduction activities primarily in designated Wilderness.

A photo of the cross-section of a conifer with dates identifying 14 scars from fire between 1765 and
Early Fire History

Burn scars in tree cross-sections provide a history of fire frequency before suppression activities began in 1904.

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Current Fire History

Learn more about the history of wildland fire within the park beginning in 1911.

Two small clusters of bright green aspen seedlings in front of a burned log on the edge of a recentl
Fire Ecology

Wildfire is as much a part of ecosystems as wind, rain, erosion, and other natural process.

Green grass covers a meadow lined by trees burned by wildfire and a rounded peak with patches of bur
Fire Effects

Understanding historic and present-day fire regimes helps us to anticipate the effects of fire into the future.

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Post-Fire Response

Post-fire response includes suppression damage repair, emergency stabilization and rehabilitation, and long-term fire restoration.

Last updated: May 16, 2022

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