Fighting Forest Fires

Whether dropped from an airplane into a smoldering wilderness area or climbing steep slopes toward a blazing fire, the men and women who tackle wildfires every year risk their lives to save our national forests. These photos only begin to tell the story.

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Firefighters work under the most extreme conditions Photo courtesy U.S. Forest Service
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Searing heat and thick smoke are all in a day’s work Photo courtesy U.S. Forest Service
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A curtain of smoke envelopes the crew Photo courtesy U.S. Forest Service
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Crews hike in and out of burning areas in full gear Photo courtesy U.S. Forest Service
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A helitanker drops fire retardant Photo courtesy U.S. Forest Service
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Feeling for hot spots Photo courtesy U.S. Forest Service
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Mopping up Photo courtesy U.S. Forest Service


How You Can Help

Give-A-Tree Cards

Some gifts last a lifetime. Every card you send plants a tree in our national forests.