The goal of the BLM’s fire prevention and education program is to reduce the number of human-caused fires, ultimately protecting lives, property and the environment. This also helps to ensure that firefighters can be available to manage or suppress naturally caused fires when they occur. To do this, the BLM undertakes several outreach initiatives, including:
Over half the fires on BLM-managed public lands in Arizona are human-caused, and the majority are preventable. Whether the blazes are started by sparks from a dragging trailer chain, a careless camper or a thoughtless vandal, the result can end lives, destroy homes and devastate natural resources.
Arizona BLM assigns high priority to wildfire prevention and education. Each year wildfires burn thousands of acres across Arizona, threatening and somtimes reaching communities, with tragic results.
- Community Outreach
- Commuication and Emergency Preparedness Plans
- Interagency Coordination
- Targeted Education and Awareness on Common Causes of Human-Caused Wildfires
- Focused Patrol and Fire-Watch Efforts in Known Areas of Ignition Activity
- Public Information and Multi-Media Messaging
- Product Development and Distribution Methods
Fire Investigations and Fire Trespass
All wildfires which occur on and/or damage BLM managed land are investigated and fire trespass actions taken to recover the cost of suppression, post fire rehabilitation, and the cost of resources damaged.
Even the smallest of fires can cost several thousand dollars; the larger more complex fires, millons. Those costs do not include the loss of homes, the memories and belongings of homeowners, or in the worst case scenario, the loss of human life.
Most human-caused wildfires are preventable. Think of the consequences and do your part to prevent wildfires before they start.
Did you know that most of BLM Arizona's wildfires occur along the roads and highways?
Dragging trailer safety chains, flat tires-rims striking the pavement, dragging metal, and parking in dry weeds are the leading causes of wildfires in Arizona. One Less Spark-One Less Wildfire is a campaign to raise awareness about the leading causes of wildfires and how they can be prevented. Everyone can do their part to reduce the risk of human-caused wildfires.
One Less Spark is One Less Wildfire.
Help Us Share the One Less Spark Message
You can find more information and the campaign tool-box by visiting: