Response to Wildfire Stories

NPS fire managers weigh many factors—including risks to human life and infrastructure; the fire’s cause, location, and predicted direction of spread; recent and future weather conditions; and current deployment of firefighting resources nationally—to determine the response to any wildfire. For example, a lightning fire in the backcountry, where there is no threat to infrastructure and the fire can remove beetle-killed trees to help protect against future catastrophic fire, may be allowed to burn.
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    Last updated: December 30, 2017