Commit to Wildfire Prevention and Preparedness

About the Pledge

Wildfires can be one of the most powerful natural forces on the planet, and refer to an unwanted or damaging fire burning in a forest, on shrubs or grass. Today, more people are moving to woodland and remote mountain areas, but these beautiful landscapes are prone to destructive wildfires. Commit to wildfire preparedness and prevention today.

In 2011, there were 10,249 wildfires caused by lightning and a surprising 63,877 initiated by humans. Wildfires often occur when unattended burning debris escape from campfires or stoves, cigarettes, fireworks, fireplace ashes or equipment from ATVs and lawnmowers. In 2012, more than 2,200 structures were destroyed because of wildfires. The National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) estimated that around 72,000 wildfires burned 9 million acres of U.S. land in 2012.  

Dedicated firefighters risk their lives everyday to protect individuals from unwanted and uncontrolled wildfires. But there are easy precautions that can be taken: wildfires are preventable. 

Photo Credit: Mike McMillan/U.S. Forest Service/Handout/Reuters

I pledge to commit to wildfire prevention and preparedness. 

I pledge to:

  • Contact 911, my local fire department or park service right away if I notice an unattended fire.
  • If asked, I will evacuate immediately through an evacuation route with emergency supplies. 
  • Be conscious of my actions when I start a fire outdoors.
  • Never leave a burning fire unattended.
  • Always extinguish and disregard cigarettes, matches and other smoking materials.
  • Be extra careful when using equipment during extreme drought, dry or hot weather.
  • Remove fuel sources close to the home.
  • Stand with organizations like The National Association of State Foresters, Firewise, The RedCross and the National Fire Protection Association and educate myself on how to protect my home and my family from the threat of fire.
  • Learn more about how to prevent wildfires from Smokey Bear.
  • Watch Firewise’s videos on wildfire behavior.
  • Support the men and women who fight fires and donate to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation


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