Increasing Awareness and Reducing Human-caused Wildfires

In 2016, wildfires ignited by humans burned over 200,000 acres in Arizona and New Mexico. People start wildfires with their campfires, vehicles, cigarette butts, fireworks, powerlines, debris burning, arson, and other activities. In especially dry years like this one, we need to help protect our communities, forests, wildlife, and water by building awareness of how people start wildfires. A new study from the Forest Stewards Guild in collaboration with the Forest Trust, titled Increasing Wildfire Awareness and Reducing Human-Caused Ignitions in Northern New Mexico, details how people start wildfires, common locations of human-caused wildfires, existing public awareness campaigns, and current investments in public awareness of wildfire prevention. Learn more at: