Forests and fire are naturally intertwined, and in many cases healthy forests benefit from natural fire regimes.
But fire is behaving differently than it has historically, mostly due to human intervention. Changes in how and where fires burn threaten our economy and safety, and can undo decades of progress in conservation and sustainable development.
The Nature Conservancy works to maintain fire’s role where it benefits people and nature, and keep fire out of places where it is destructive.
Explore our work with Fire as a Conservation Method!
The Nature Conservancy is celebrating a record year for controlled burns in 2016, helping to restore forests, protect water and safeguard communities.
Jeremy Baily has been fascinated by fire since he was 5 years old. Now he's the Conservancy's Associate Director of Fire Training.
These American birds depend on the restorative power of natural fires to create the habitat they need to survive
In Texas, prescribed fire is helping to protect the Attwater's prairie chicken. Learn more
Read an interview with the Conservacy's Jeremy Bailey, an expert in using controlled burns to bring land back to health.
Not letting a natural fire burn can lead to a build up of undergrowth that fuels extreme fires that threaten both people and nature. Learn More
Next time you’re out and about in a fire-prone area, follow these top tips to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. Learn more
Read first-hand accounts from Conservancy staff members living and working near the threat of wildfires in the summer of 2012.