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