Wildfire in Virginia

For many people, the words “wildfire” and “Virginia” might not seem to go together, but wildfire risk is a genuine concern. Each year, about 1,600 wildfires consume a total of 8,000-10,000 acres of forest and grassland in the state. During the fall drought of 2001, Virginia lost more than 13,000 acres to wildfires.

Here you'll find out about wildfires, fighting wildfires, and what you can do to reduce your wildfire risk.

  • Forest Fire History and Causes - learn what factors contribute to Virginia's forest fire risk.
  • Wildfire in Virginia: A Historical Review.
  • International Association of Wildland Fire (IAWF) - This non-profit, professional association represents members of the global wildland fire community. The purpose of the association is to facilitate communication and provide leadership for the wildland fire community.
  • Wildfire by FEMA For Kids - Wildfires are a danger for people who live in forest, prairies or wooded areas. These fires are sometimes started by lightning or by accident.
  • Fire In The South - A report from the Southern Group of State Foresters. (English; PDF document)
  • Educational resources: www.wildlandfire.com/ and Wildfire News.
  • Wildfire brochures from the Southern Center for Wildland-Urban Interface Research and Information.
  • Fire Wars - visit the companion website for this episode of NOVA on public television.
  • Information on fire in a newspaper-style publication, the Virginia Reader. (English; PDF format)
  • Lessons Learned: What Went Wrong? Lessons From the Woodview Fire Burnover.
  • Fire and the Environment

    Fighting Wildland Fire

    This thumbnail graphic links to a larger version of the Ten Standard Fire Orders.This thumbnail graphic links to a larger version of the 18 Watchout Situations.

    Take a look at wildland firefighting and learn more about what is involved in this dangerous work.

    Firefighter - What's it like to fight a wildfire? Hear about it in their own words.

    Lessons Learned - A wildfire lesson is truly learned when we modify our behavior to reflect what we now know.

    The fire community continuously works to find new ways to keep firefighters safe on the fireline, taking Six Minutes For Safety will have a tremendous positive impact.

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    Looking Out For Wildfires

    Last modified: Wednesday, 12-Mar-2014 13:02:40 EDT