Havoc & destruction? Or renewal & life? Or both?

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.

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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.

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Fire preparedness

Plan ahead! If a fire breaks out in your home or workplace, you may have only a few minutes to get out safely.

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Learn about fire in the national parks

Seeking information about fire in a national park? Find park fire websites.

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Meet the Scientist

Learn more about the scientists who study fire - fire ecologists, fire effects monitors, and even a fire archeologist.