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On August 20, 2013, the National Multi-Agency Coordinating Group increased the national fire preparedness Level (PL) to its highest point, PL-5. This is the first time that PL-5 has been reached since 2008. Over the last 10 years, there have been an average of 75,000 fires per year and an average of 7.2 million acres burned. The Forest Service and its partners suppress more than 98 percent of wildfires on initial attack, keeping unwanted fires small and costs down. However, the few fires that cannot be suppressed during the initial stages run the risk of becoming much larger. At the National Interagency Fire Center, located in Boise, Idaho, firefighting experts and managers from multiple government agencies continuously monitor fire activity, weather and fuel conditions while strategically positioning Federal, state, and local firefighters, ground equipment and aircraft to support wildfires across the country as the season shifts.

Secretaries Vilsack and Jewell Highlight Federal Preparedness for 2013 Western Wildfire Season (May 13, 2013)

Wildfires Burning

Keep Track of the Current Wildfires Burning in the United StatesThis is an external link or third-party site outside of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) website.

Prepare for and Prevent Wildfires

Be Smart Outdoors - Learn about campfire safety, debris burning tips, and equipment maintenance tipsThis is an external link or third-party site outside of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) website.

How to protect your home from a wildland fire

Fire Adapted Communities
This is an external link or third-party site outside of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) website. A Fire Adapted Community takes responsibility for its wildfire risk. Actions address resident safety, homes, neighborhoods, businesses and infrastructure, forests, parks, open spaces, and other community assets. The more actions a community takes, the more fire adapted it becomes.

Firewise
This is an external link or third-party site outside of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) website. The National Fire Protection Association's Firewise Communities program encourages local solutions for wildfire safety by involving homeowners, community leaders, planners, developers, firefighters, and others in the effort to protect people and property from wildfire risks.

Ready! Set! Go!
This is an external link or third-party site outside of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) website. Take personal responsibility and prepare long before the threat of a wildland fire so your home is ready in case of a fire. Plan escape routes and make sure all those residing within the home know the plan of action.

US Forest Service Wildland Fire Information
The U S Forest Service has been managing wildland fire for more than 100 years. As the world's premiere firefighting agency, the agency has been providing critically needed resources and expertise to protect at-risk communities. From 'boots on the ground' to airtanker drops overhead, Forest Service personnel are answering the call.

Wildfire Smoke
Smoke from wildfires is a mixture of gases and fine particles from burning trees and other plant materials. Smoke can hurt your eyes, irritate your respiratory system, and worsen chronic heart and lung diseases.

Get the Facts

Firefighting Basics - Who they are and what they doThis is an external link or third-party site outside of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) website.

Wildfire Science - What is it?This is an external link or third-party site outside of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) website.

What YOU Can Do to Keep Your Food Safe

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Food Safety During Power Outages :30 (English) 8/07 mp3

Food Safety During Power Outages :30 (Spanish) 8/07 mp3

Food Safety During Power Outages :60 (English) 8/07 mp3

Food Safety During Power Outages :60 (Spanish) 8/07 mp3

The Power Out VIDEO PSAs

Script - Food Safety During Power Outages (English - pdf)

Script - Food Safety During Power Outages (Spanish - pdf)