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Wildfire Prevention & Education

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.

 One Less Spark Black-Red Banner

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.

BLM Arizona's Wildfire Prevention Video

Firefighter fighting fire at night
Help Us Share the One Less Spark Message

You can find more information and the campaign tool-box by visiting:

Remember fireworks, exploding targets, tracer and incendiary ammunition are prohibited Year-Round on Public Lands.

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Your Vehicle Could Start a Wildfire

Historical Fire Data

Historical fire data compiled by firefighters, fire managers, and investigators is used to help identify common causes of wildfires and locations of high occurrence. The information helps determine how best to focus our educational approach, and increase the effectiveness of prevention, patrol, and monitoring efforts.

The map below shows fires of human and "unknown" fire cause status, on or near BLM managed public lands, within BLM Arizona's fire reporting (1202) system between 1980-2012. Typically, fires labled "unkown" are human caused without the designation of a specific cause or those in which lightning could not be ruled out 100%.

What do you notice?

Many of the fires are occuring along roads and highways. Tight clusters of dots also indicated where we need to concentrate our prevention and education efforts.

 Click on the Map to veiw a larger detailed version.

BLM AZ Unknown and Human Caused Fires 1980-2012

Community Outreach and Education

Smokey Bear leaning against Phoenix District engine.

Smokey Bear and our wildfire education specialists make their rounds to various schools and events across the state. To schedule a visit, contact one of our District Offices nearest you for more information.

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Firefighter speaking to children

Our professional staff of fire educators and firefighters spend time outside of the peak fire season visiting schools and attending events.  Topics often presented or discussed include wildland firefighting as a career choice, how wildfires are fought and managed, and tools/equipment of the trade.  Other aspects covered are fire ecology, the role of fire in our ecosystem, and how fire is used as a tool.  Ultimately we share how we all play a role in preventing wildfires.

Every fire prevented is one less fire that puts firefighters and the public in danger.

Kids Corner

Wildfire Education and Learning Activities for Children, Parents, and Teachers

Coloring Book for Smokey's Friends

Download Smokey's Coloring Book (Save this PDF & Print it.)

 Smokey Bear's Fun Time Puzzle Book

Download the Smokey Puzzle Book  (Save this PDF & Print it.) 

National Smokey Bear Website

Billy Brushwacker

  • Created in Arizona by the Pine-Strawberry Fire Department. Intended for childen ages 8-11. 


  • Educational program about the science of wildland fire, designed for students in grades 1-10. 

Fire Ecology Resource Management Education Unit(grades 5-6)

Firewise Firecamp (grades 6-8)

USFS – Southwest Fire Ecology Curriculum (K-12)

Red Cross Masters of Disasters Lessons for Families and Activities for Teachers (K-8)

Grand Canyon Fire Ecology on the Rim Middle School / High School Curriculum

Natural Inquirer – On Top of Old Smokey (grades 5+) 

Natural Inquirer – Wildland Fire Edition (grades 5+)

Natural Inquirer – Wildland Fire Edition 2 (grades 5+)

Project Learning Tree – Fire Education (pre-K-12)

Fire Prevention Links

Arizona Interagency Wildfire Prevention

Arizona Fire Restrictions

Fire Adapted Communities

NIFC Prevention/Education

National Symbols Catalog - Smokey Bear Fire Prevention Materials