The term “wildland fire” includes all grass, brush, and forest fires. Each year Vermont experiences many wildland fires during its two primary fire seasons, spring and fall. Fire assistance is provided to protect people, property, and natural resources from uncontrolled wildfire events in rural Vermont by working with town Forest Fire Wardens, regional partners in the Northeast Forest Fire Protection Commission, and federal agencies.
By request, we provide technical support and specialized forest firefighting equipment to assist towns in suppressing large or difficult wildfires.
Burning debris is the most common cause of wildland fires in Vermont. To help prevent forest fires, town Forest Fire Wardens issue burning permits and engage the public in fire education.
Training courses are presented by Forest Protection Specialists to town firefighters and other fire service organizations in cooperation with the Vermont Fire Academy and the US Forest Service.