At its simplest explanation, fire is a chemical reaction — oxygen reacts with fuel that is heated to sufficient temperature, causing ignition and flames. The national parks have the potential to deal with both structural fire and wildland fire within park boundaries. Structural fire and wildland fire are unique programs, requiring different expertise. On this site, learn more about fire in your national parks.
Havoc & destruction? Or renewal & life? Or both?
Fire season around the country
Though wildfires can happen anytime given the right conditions, there are specific times of the year they are more likely in regions.
Plan ahead! If a fire breaks out in your home or workplace, you may have only a few minutes to get out safely.
Last updated: February 28, 2022