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National Arson Awareness Week May 6-12, 2018

Prevent Wildfire Arson

Each year for National Arson Awareness Week, the U.S. Fire Administration gathers and shares information to raise awareness of arson or youth firesetting and provide individuals with strategies to combat these problems in their community.
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This year’s National Arson Awareness Week theme is “Prevent Wildfire Arson – Spread the Facts Not the Fire.”

This year’s awareness materials:
Explain the common motives for committing wildfire arson.
Highlight wildland fire training and wildfire prevention resources available to fire departments.
Identify successful arson reward programs in communities throughout the United States.

What is wildfire arson?

Arson is the willful, malicious, intentional and/or reckless burning of your property or someone else’s. Wildfire arson takes place on underdeveloped wildland or uncultivated land comprised of forest, brush or grassland.

Not all wildland is comprised of forests. In many places, the wildland is grassy plains resulting in the evolution of the term “forest fire” to the more accurate “wildfire.” Even Smokey Bear adjusted, changing his catch phrase from “Remember … only YOU can prevent forest fires” to “Only YOU can prevent wildfires.”

Smokey Bear

Show your commitment to wildfire prevention!

Sign the Smokey Bear Pledge.

Wildfire arson facts



One in every five reported brush/grass/forest fires during 2007-2011 were intentionally set.



Arson is the second leading cause of fires in eastern U.S. federal forests.



One of every five wildfires since 2007 was an arson fire.



Arson is a leading cause of wildfire.



Fifty-five percent of wildfires are the result of arson.
KY Division of Forestry

Investigating wildfire arson:

Kentucky’s bloodhound arson dog program

Kentucky's bloodhound arson dog

Read about the bloodhound arson dogs that are helping to eliminate wildfire arson in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.


AAW outreach materials

National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day
America's Preparathon