Interactive Wildfire History Timeline

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.

Over the years, National Park Service fire managers have developed and used effective tactics, technology, and policy to enhance public and firefighter safety, and preserve natural and cultural landscapes. Our history of managing fire spans nearly one and a half centuries. The following resources provide insights into our past.

Last updated: July 6, 2022