New study says that most forest fires are created by humans.
What we can do to help
- Burn only natural vegetation or untreated wood products.
- Burn piles are at least 50 feet from structures and 500 feet from any forest slash.
- Clear the area around the burn pile of any flammable debris.
- Keep firefighting equipment handy - a connected water hose or at least five gallons of water and a shovel should be nearby.
- Don't burn if it's too windy to burn - if trees are swaying, flags are extended, or waves appear on open water.
- Be prepared to extinguish the fire if it becomes a nuisance.
- Attend the fire until it is completely out.
- Smoking should not be done while moving from one place to another in forest land. Make sure your butt is out - "dead out!"
- Power saws must have a proper muffler and be accompanied by a round point shovel or fire extinguisher.
- Cars, trucks and machinery must have proper exhaust systems when operated in or near forest land. Exhaust spark arresters are a requirement on certain machines.
- Know your local emergency telephone number if a fire becomes uncontrollable.
How most Fires are started
Humans have destroyed forests many differnt ways.
Teach your kids!
Teach your kids about forest fires by following the Smokey ForestFire Movement
Each year hundreds of thousands of acres have been destroyed by forest fires.