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The sad truth is that nearly 9 out of 10 wildfires are still caused by humans:

  • In 2014 there were 7,933 wildfires caused by lightning, but 55,679 wildfires caused by human error (as reported to the National Interagency Fire Center).
  • In 2014 more than 3.5 million acres burned due to wildfires in the U.S. of those, more than 1.5 million acres burned due to human-caused wildfires.

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Although most of us don’t behave this way intentionally, each year we learn of devastating wildfires caused by careless behavior which can impact millions of acres of forest and thousands of homes.

We can also be more responsible in our homes when it comes to fire safety as well. Half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep. Only one in five home fires was reported during these hours.

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Comments

  1. do not throw cigarettes out of the car. I have worked in 2 national parks when there were fires going on.

  2. Use common sense. If you have a fire, make sure it’s out before you leave.

  3. My aunt and uncle were affected this last summer by a wild fire. They posted pics of wildlife fleeing, it was so scary and sad.

  4. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    The closest I had with this was when my son caught his twenty acres on fire. A gust of wind came through and he lost control of it.

  5. I’ve don’t know anyone that’s been affected by a wildfire, but paying attention to firework and campfire limits in your area can help prevent wildfires.

  6. Jennifer H. says:

    Do not burn brush during dry periods. When you start a campfire, make sure it is totally put out by burying it.

  7. My tip is to call your local fire department or go to their website before you burn or use any outdoor equipment.

  8. Dawn Monroe says:

    My tip is to use your common sense. Pour water on your fire and don’t throw out cigarettes. I have not been effected.

  9. Jessica Miller says:

    Dont leave a campfire unattended. When done poor water on the fire make sure its out an mix it around.

  10. Stir the ashes when you’re pouring the water to douse all embers

  11. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    If you smoke and toss your cigarette make sure its out completely.

  12. Holly Kennedy says:

    My brother use to be so scared of Smokey the Bear.

  13. lissa crane says:

    My tip is to triple check when making sure your campfire is out! When we go camping we always douse our campfire with water and still wait and check to make sure its definitely out!

  14. My tip is to make sure that there is no smoke left of embers glowing after you make a fire and to never leave a fire unattended!!

  15. Kimmy Ripley says:

    Don’t smoke in the woods!

  16. ron schnell says:

    Common sense is all it takes!

  17. I have no personal experience with wildfires, but I agree with everyone who recommends common sense, and not throwing cigarette butts out.

  18. Common sense. … always, always, always make sure you fire is out. COMPLETELY! !

  19. Adrienne Gordon says:

    You have to make sure to properly put out your fire.

  20. Darla Shannon says:

    Don’t throw cigarettes out. No, I do not know anyoned affected by wildfire.

  21. Thomas Murphy says:

    Be careful if you make a campfire. I don’t know anyone affected by wildfire.

  22. Melissa Speth says:

    Teach children fire safety when camping. I don’t know anyone affected by wildfire, but I do live in a state (Arizona) that is regularly affected.

  23. Danielle D says:

    Always watch over fires outside and put them out if you leave never leave them unattended.

  24. Marcia Goss says:

    My husband likes to go camping, and it’s really important to make sure your campfire in completely out before leaving the campsite.

  25. I don’t know anyone that has been personally affected by a wildfire. People shouldn’t throw their cigarette butts out the window while driving. That could definitely cause a fire.

  26. Drown and/or cover to smother the campfire when done.

  27. My son works as a forest firefighter. It is a very dangerous job. A few years ago they lost a firefighter working a controlled burn, he was hit by a car when smoke shifted into the road. My son was deeply affeced by that.

  28. Put out the fire if you start one or see one. Never been affected by a wild fire.

  29. This is so scary. My tips would be to not leave campfires unattended and don’t throw cigarettes out of the window. It would seem like common sense, but it never hurts to remind people to be safe. My thoughts and prayers go out to anyone he has ever been effected by wildfires.

  30. belinda bell says:

    don’t burn leaves. the fire can get away from you

  31. great giveaway…

  32. Suzanne K says:

    nothing with flames/sparks, no cigarettes period, and beware yard tools with metal that can spark. My family has lived in brush fire area for years and we’ve evacuated numerous times.

  33. my mom was accidently caught by wildfire in our farm. little injured.

  34. Eileen Richter says:

    I do not know anyone affected by a fire, but we have done controlled burns on our property and our town does near us at a marsh. It is VERY scary how fast one can get out of hand. The tip I have is RESPECT all fires, no matter how small…whether in a fireplace or pit, or a small controlled burn.

  35. I do not know anybody affected by wildfires. However I do make sure I am careful using anything flammable outside.

  36. Edna Williams says:

    Do not burn leaves and respect fire! I have not personally known anyone affected by wildfires.

  37. Trisha Burgess says:

    I don’t know anyone who has been affected by a wildfire. My tip would to be make sure you contain personal fires. Have a hose available a and ready just in case!!

  38. Cynthia C says:

    I haven’t had any personal experience with wildfires, but it’s important to douse campfires thoroughly with water.

  39. i personally have not experienced a wildfire -my family had a stand of woods growing up and we used to check it on a regular basis due to people camping -without our permission and leaving half put out campfires behind -common sense for some seems to go out the window when camping

  40. Kim Hardy says:

    Do not let your kids play with fireworks!!

  41. Michelle Garrity says:

    My son and his friend were playing with matches and started a fire in the woods behind our house. Luckily they ran to us and we were able to put it out before it became big.

  42. wilson king says:

    Don’t use a flame!

  43. Teresa Moore says:

    put your fires out and dont let kids play with matches.

  44. I grew up in Oregon and remember that there being a lot of Forest fires. Smokey the Bear was a big deal then too, it’s good to see him again! 😉 I always put child safety stoppers in my outlets, and keep them free of clutter.

  45. We have wildfires every year when the winds pick up. Almost always set by human hands, such a waste.

  46. I don’t know anyone that has been personally effected by wildfire. My only common sense thing is kids shouldn’t play with lighters. That is how my in-laws house caught on fire.

  47. The mountain home I grew up in was completely burned down in a wildfire a few years ago. Always put out campfires completely.

  48. Raquel Beaty says:

    Some distant relatives of mine were recently affected by the fires in Idaho.

  49. Debbi Wellenstein says:

    Don’t throw cigarette butts out the car window! I don’t know anyone who has been personally affected by a wildfire.

  50. Diandra Rodriguez says:

    Thanks!

  51. Crystal F says:

    I do not know anyone personally affected but have seen the devastation of tv. Just don’t have any open flames in the woods if at all possible. If you have to make sure they are completely extinguished. Thank you!

  52. When camping, always make sure your fire is completely out!

  53. Heather B says:

    Thankfully I do not know anyone personally who has been affected by wild fires.

  54. Edna Williams says:

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  55. Don’t smoke in the woods!

  56. heather s says:

    Make sure you put out campfire’s completely. No, I don’t know anyone personally affected.

  57. Danielle Marie says:

    my mom lost a really good friend/mate in a forest fire. he was killed when his fire truck rolled over a cliff in low vision/fire areas.

    forest fires should be done and contained. they need to be done to burn old brush. regular controlled ones can prevent huge ones.

  58. I don’t know any one personally affected by wildfires, nor do I know any fire prevention tips. We life in an area where fires aren’t common, they were doing a controlled burn here though of some underbrush and it got out of control and ended up burning down some peoples fences around the perimeter of the subdivision I live in.

  59. I haven’t been affected, but my advice is to use your common sense and know your townships burning regulations.

  60. Tracy Robertson says:

    I don’t know anyone who was personally affected, but there were a lot of houses lost in the state of California this year due to fires. Very sad!

  61. I’ve never been affected by forest fires, and I think your commenters pretty much covered everything one should and should not do! And thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  62. Kyl Neusch says:

    Don’t burn brush during dry periods

  63. I do not know anyone affected by a forest fire. Love all of the tips others have posted. My favorite tip is to use common sense.

  64. jennifer peters says:

    We go camping alot We are very careful with our campfires. And never play with them.

  65. I know no one affected by a wildfire but I remember seeing a small one as a kid

  66. I don’t know anyone affected by wildfires, but when hiking always follow the guidelines when dealing with fire of any type.

  67. Ashley Dionne says:

    I dont personally know anyone affected by a wildfire. But my Dad was a firefighter and i remember when i was really little he went to fight a forest fire in Oregon!

  68. leslie roberts says:

    always check to see if you can burn a fire, and when you doo, make sure to have the proper tools and safety equipment, make double sure the fire is completely extinguished

  69. Richard Hicks says:

    My tip is to completely avoid burning anything when it is dry or windy. We don’t really have the problem in our area but once in a while when unusually dry

  70. Karen Deva says:

    Check the burn status regularly and don’t make campfires if it is unsafe to do so.

  71. Please use an ashtray instead of throwing lit cigarettes out your car window.

  72. jessica ebel says:

    dont throw lit cigarettes whereever you please

  73. Tabitha Wright says:

    My tip is dont throw lit cigarettes outside and stay with the campfire until completely out and pour water on it just to make sure.

  74. Only WE can help prevent wildfires. If it is too hot to touch, it is too hot to leave.

  75. One way to prevent wild life fires is to properly dispose of glass bottles. When the sun is really hot and penetrates the bottles it can cause a fire. My family and I were affected by a Wild fire about 12 years ago and it was old bottles from people camping and drinking and not properly throwing them away that caused it. We need to continue to spread awareness to prevent such things from happening.

  76. Check burn status and when in doubt don’t light a fire!

  77. I do not know anyone that has been affected by a wildfire but my tip is to always check to make sure your fire is completely out! No smoke, throw water on it, make absolutely sure!

  78. Michele Littlejohn says:

    Make sure all fires are out before you leave. and never leave a fire unattended

  79. Never discard a cigarette butt without making absolutely sure it is put out. No I dont know anyone that was affected by a wildfire.

  80. bohemianbabushka says:

    Just a couple of months ago my son MAC’s neighborhood was evacuated because of arson in a nearby campground. The destruction was depressing and the smell lingered for days.

  81. I don’t personally know anyone who has been affected by a wildfire. My idea for prevention would be not to start fires in extremely dry and hot conditions.

  82. Jerrica Evans says:

    Do not throw cigarettes out the window, especially when it’s hot and dry out. If you have a campfire make sure it’s all the way out before you leave.

  83. Christine Judge says:

    I do not personally know anyone affected by wild fires. A good safety tip is not to burn things when it is very dry out and to make sure to never burn things when there is a no burn advisory.

  84. Brittney House says:

    My tips are to watch where you throw your cigarette butts.

  85. Many places I’ve visited this year have listed a fire threat level. I think it’s important for people to recognize those restrictions.

  86. I don’t know much about wildfires because I live in Michigan. I would say stop throwing out lit cigerates. Also keep lawn watered. No bomb fires.

  87. Amie George says:

    If we start a camp fire we allways put it out with water and then pour sand over top

  88. Rhonda Tenderholt says:

    I don’t know anyone who has been affected by a wildfire or house fire. Don’t really have a tip. Just make sure your campfires are really out by putting sand over them and making sure coals are cool. Don’t leave unattended. Never burn when windy. The common sense stuff.

  89. You’ve got to keep the lawn watered and mowed. It’s not safe having wooden storage sheds. Wet them down if you see a fire coming.

  90. sally salzer says:

    Definitely don’t throw cigarettes out of the car! My brother lives in Arizona and they have had a lot of wildfires out there.

  91. Always makes sure you SMOTHER the fire. Pouring water on it doesn’t insure that it’s out

  92. Vanessa Deneen says:

    I am very lucky to say that I do not know anyone that has been affected by a wild fire. I hope that it stays that way.

  93. If you tow a trailer make sure your chains aren’t dragging… the sparks can start a grass fire.

  94. Raina Hood says:

    Just use the fire safety lessons you learned as a kid. I can’t think of anyone I know impacted by wildfire, but definitely do know some affected by house fires. So sad.

  95. Charlene Drake says:

    They only tip I have is to make sure any fires and embers are totally put out. I don’t know anyone directly affected by a fire.

  96. Linda Purvis says:

    Never leave a burning fire before putting it out completely.

  97. Jennifer Reed says:

    Yes, living in Colorado and having experienced wildfires indirectly several times in recent years I have known people who have been affected by them. My best advice is to watch for fire danger notices and follow their warnings. Also never throw anything lit on the ground in any circumstances.

  98. Make sure someone is always present when a fire is going.

  99. Catherine R says:

    My advice is if you think there might be a fire, don’t hesitate to call the fire department. Better safe than sorry.

  100. jodi Armstrong says:

    I’ve worked In Forests and been around fire activity. My husband worked forest fire.for years. I think making sure your campfires are out is a huge cause and if u have a home in the forest clear defensible space. Make sure you take care of your forest because fire is a natural part of the ecosystem but due to suppression now fires burn a lot hotter than they should.

  101. Beatriz Badru says:

    Always dispose of garbage properly. Make sure to properly extinguish fires and always have someone present while fire is going.

  102. Thanks for posting links on fire safety. I am not much of an outdoors person but my daughter is. So this is all new to me.

  103. make sure you always cover your campfire when you’re done with it!

  104. Make sure to put the fire out before you go inside. Have someone in control of the fire and be safe.

  105. Make sure your campfire is completely put out.

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  106. My tip is too make sure your campfire is out, it should be cool to the touch.

  107. My friends in Colorado had to evacuate a few years ago due to a fire. Luckily their house didn’t burn! The fire was less than a mile from their house.

  108. Family in Idaho came close to being affected. People need to realize the importance of throwing cigarettes down, soaking camp fires when finished, etc.

  109. Cindy Hoven says:

    Never leave a lite campfire

  110. Jessica Harlow says:

    I’ve never been directly affected by wildfires but can definitely recognize the dangers. Treating Mother Nature like her world is our home would help, especially considering it kind of really is?!

  111. We actually got evacuated due to a wild fire. We were out of our home for a few weeks.

  112. I’m in the city so forest fires are not an issue here, but I know to always make sure a fires out when I’m camping because a single spark can take out a whole forest.

  113. Tanya White says:

    Make sure campfires are put out before leaving a campsite.

  114. Make sure that camp fires are totally out. And don’t be careless when smoking. Can you check something please? On every blog I go to and enter a contest, I’m starting out blank. Like I haven’t entered before. On your end do you see that I have?

  115. No, I actually don’t know anyone personally who has been affected by a wildfire. As for a tip, I would probably say be careful where you decide to put a campfire and make sure it’s completely out before leaving.

  116. Terri Irvin says:

    I have a former neighbor who used to light outdoors fires in a fire pit on windy days, I kid you not! Use your common sense if you think there is a chance that something could catch on fire…don’t light a fire!

  117. Lisa Davis says:

    Clear brush and trees away from your house

  118. Fortunately I don’t personally know anyone that has been affected by a Wildfire. And as for campfires we always add wood slowly to prevent excess ambers,As well as drowning fire with water.Then dirt to be safe.

  119. Don’t throw out cigarettes! We are being effected by a chemical fire now, it is under control, but the smell is horrible.

  120. Becky VanGinkel says:

    My tip is to always pour water on any outdoor fires and check them periodically for the next couple of hours.. even stirring the fire to make SURE it is out! My aunt and uncle live in Colorado and although they had to leave home on 2 different occasions because of wildfires, their home ended up being safe both times. The stress and fear from the situation definitely took it’s tole on them and our whole family.

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  121. I know to completely douse a fire before leaving a camp site. And I do know someone who was very close to losing her home due to a wild fire.

  122. Make sure your campfire is completely out before you leave the campsite. Douse it with water and inspect it carefully.

  123. never start a fire when it’s dry and windy to prevent forest fires

  124. Rebecca Peters says:

    We never have fires on windy or really really dry days.. and always keep a hose and water handy

  125. If matches are used, it goes into the fire and not thrown to the side. Make sure fire is completely out and pouring water over.

  126. Never leave a fire unattended and make sure its fully put out before leaving.

  127. I had to help a friend evacuate once when her neighborhood was threatened by wildfire. Scary. People need to be more mindful.

  128. Carolyn Daley says:

    My tip is to use common sense, never leave a bonfire unattended, and have fire extinguishers on hand in your house in case of an emergency. I never had to deal with any fires personally, but it is sad how many people lose their homes every year to accidental house fires and from brush fires.

  129. Neighbors working together, especially in rural areas can help with fire danger. Look out for people who leave campsites and make sure their fires are really out and douse with water. There was so many people at the local campgrounds leaving fires; it was ridiculous! But the neighbors worked together. They kept checking campfires, reporting suspicious behavior, and reminding guests of the rules.

  130. Keeley Sullivan says:

    seems simple, make very sure your camp fire is out. Don’t leave it unattended. I have never had a problem with fires.

  131. I don’t know anyone affected by a wild fire but I did learn a good lesson about not burning your trash next to a dry field on a windy day… It was really embarrassing but luckily no one got hurt.

  132. Karen Drake says:

    My tip is to always put out camp fires completely, when I lived in Montana there were a lot of forest fires caused from people being careless.

  133. Leslie Rathbun says:

    Take Smokey Bears advice.

  134. Make sure you completely put out any fires you start.

  135. Christian Alejandro says:

    It’s important to make absolutely sure any camp/bonfires are completely out. Often people think that if there is no immediately visible fire, it’s out.

  136. Be aware of your surroundings…be careful with cigarette butts…make sure your campfire is completely out

  137. Do not have fires outside when it is really dry or windy out. Also, make sure your fire is completely out before you walk away.

  138. I live in Central WA where we lost many homes to fires this year. We are strict in observance of burn bans and go so far as to avoid things like driving in tall grass because a spark might catch. Our neighbor even has a system that can drain his pool to use to fight fires around our houses.

  139. Jennifer Dunaway says:

    The best tip is to make sure your fire is completely out before walking away. I don’t know of anyone affected by wild fires.

  140. jane jakins says:

    be responsible around fires

  141. Pour water on the campfire before you go to sleep

  142. Amy Deeter says:

    always make sure your fire is out.even if there is a very small fire.also pour water on it to make sure

  143. Nicole Carlson says:

    Teach basic fore knowledge youg so its engraved into little ones minds, so if something were to happen, they could follow basic emergency procedures.

  144. Darren Stokes says:

    Don’t start a camp fire in very dry areas.

  145. Do not burn brush during dry periods

  146. Trisha McKee says:

    Use caution and common sense when camping or hiking. Campfires need supervised closely.

  147. Only you can prevent FOREST FIRES.

  148. All I can say is use common sense! And like another commenter said, don’t throw cigarettes out the car window! I know 2 people who have thrown a lit cigarette out the window only to have it fly back into backseat.

  149. Lori Berson says:

    If you have a campfire in the wild always clear a wide area around the fire pit, keep your fire manageable. NO BONFIRES. Always make sure your fire is completely out before you go to bed or leave.

  150. Never throw out cigarettes. Be careful about burning anything, especially when windy.

  151. People don’t realize how hot a campfire can burn. Those embers can remain lit for days after you thought the fire was extinguished. I suggest burying it as well. I would dig a hole and put my logs in it first so that it would be easy to cover to prevent wind gusts from accidentally spreading the fire.

  152. i always tell my children to never play with matches and especially near the woods

  153. melissa Resnick says:

    Never throw out cigarettes

  154. Francine Anchondo says:

    do not throw cigarettes out your window. I don’t know anyone who has been affected by a forest fire.

  155. my tip would have to be to not throw your cigs in the woods. i have seen some crazy thing before where someone done that.

  156. Don’t leave a campfire unattended and do not make it in a dry place!

  157. Thank You for the giveaway… important to clear brush from around your home per your local fire protection agency’s guidelines, especially if you live in a wilderness interface i.e. close to forests, wilderness, etc.

  158. Don’t smoke and make sure any fire you make is put out.

  159. Dig a pit for the fire and place rocks around it. Also, be sure to put out the fire immediately after use.

  160. Very cool!

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