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Wildland fires can be catastrophic for forests but also for homeowners and their property.  Fires are often caused by natural factors, but by far, the largest cause of wildfires is man-related.  Learning about wildfire prevention and what you can do to help will reduce the number of fires.  Preventing forest fires is everyone’s responsibility!  The Northeast Forest Fire Protection Commission's Prevention and Education Working Team (PEWT) offers several ways to take part.  See the Prevention section for more information.


Our Northeast National Forests member agency conducts mitigation and prevention practices to promote public awareness of wildfire dangers and to lessen wildfire risk to homes and property. 

Much of the Northeastern Forest Fire Protection Compact ( area is experiencing pre-drought and drought conditions this year.  Although high relative humidities seem to be the norm throughout the northeastern US/Canada area this fire season, many of us are also reporting high to extreme fire danger levels.  Little rainfall has accumulated and the northeast is particularly dry and at higher risk to wildfire.  Of special concerns for wildfire risk is the Wildland Urban Interface (area where structures and other human development meet or intermingle with undeveloped wildland or vegetative fuels). To lessen the risk of possible wildfire outbreaks in our area, we engage in prevention and mitigation practices.  

Conway, NH: A USDA sponsored Youth Conservation Corps group of teens along with personnel from the White Mountain National Forest built a 2 mile long, 40’-70’ wide firebreak inside and along the national forest’s border.  The constructed barrier will help stop or check fires that may occur, or will provide a control line from which to work.  US Forest Service personnel will continue to maintain the firebreak. (Photo credit: Jamie Gemmiti, Conway Daily Sun)

Central New York/Finger Lakes National Forest:  Northeastern US Forest Service conducts a 370 acre prescribed fire with NY state and local volunteer fire services.  Reasons for the burn include lessening the wildfire risk in the wildland urban interface and wildlife restoration (maintain open areas for promotion of song birds).  Pictured here is a bobolink habitat.

Vermont: Green Mountain National Forest 26th Annual Fishing Derby at Hapgood Pond with Smokey Bear.  Spreading the wildfire prevention message – a public awareness prevention method. Event partnered with Trout Unlimited and Orvis.


Registration is now open!

For more information on this exciting event,
visit our
Workshop section.