Northeast Region Fire Program
Northeast Region
Firefighters endure hot and smoky conditions at the Lateral West wildfire on Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. Credit:Scott Belkman/USFWS

What comes to mind when you hear the word fire? Danger…excitement…comfort…power? Under the right conditions, fire can be useful, enjoyable and even necessary for survival. At the wrong time and place, however, it can be destructive and life threatening.

In the US Fish and Wildlife Service Northeast Region, we use fire as a friend to manage and create important wildlife habitats and reduce the risk of wildfires, and fight it as a foe when it threatens life and safety. This website introduces you to the benefits of fire on public lands, teaches you how to protect your property from fire, and provides you with several sources of fire information. Enjoy your visit!

Sources of fires on US Fish and Wildlife Service lands in the Northeast Region are controlled burns and wildfires. Controlled burns, also called "prescribed fires" are intentionally set by trained personnel to reduce the risk of wildfire and manage wildlife habitat and invasive species. Wildfires are started naturally by lightning or by people. "Wildland fire" refers to both controlled burns and wildfires.

Fire Partnerships

In fire management, partnerships are key! Success depends on partnerships we have with local, state, and federal governments, as well as organizations like The Nature Conservancy.

Fire managers work closely with partners to share equipment and personnel. They also rely upon them for expertise and help in managing lands for habitat, reducing the risk of wildfire, and responding to wildfires. Partners also spread awareness and fire education to communities.

When it comes to fire, all work together to ensure the health and safety of communities, firefighters, wildlife, and habitat.

Please download our
Fire Management in the Northeast

Fire Brochure

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Last updated: April 25, 2014