Forest Fire Control Prevention Programs

Learn how to prevent forest fires in your community
Forest Fire Control at the Big E
Forest Fire Control at the Big E

Forest Fire Prevention programs were introduced in Barnstable County in 1926.  By 1929, the cost of fighting fires was reduced 80% thanks to new education programs.  Today, Forest Fire Control continues to provide education opportunities to your community to increase public awareness about the hazards of forest fires and the practical steps you can take to reduce the threat in your community.

Prescribed Fires

One of the most critical tools to prevent forest fires are the planned, controlled burns, also called prescribed fires.  Prescribed fires allow the reduction of high risk fuels within forested areas under controlled circumstances.  Other fuel reduction opportunities include the creation and maintenance of fire breaks and water holes.

Smokey Bear

Smokey Bear and friends
Smokey Bear and friends

Forest Fire Control offers many varied tools and methods to spread the message of preventing forest fires including being the guardian of the nation’s symbol of fire prevention – Smokey Bear.  Under the auspices of the U.S. Forest Service, DCR Forest Fire Control sponsors Smokey’s appearance at schools, fairs, education programs and parades throughout Massachusetts.

Smokey Bear program focuses on key issues such as:

  • Prevent unwanted human caused fires
  • Practice fire safety habits and step in when others act carelessly
  • Take personal responsibility for fire safety


Additional Resources

Contact the Forest Fire Control District Wardens

Forest Fire Control Staff (English, DOC 138 KB)

Contact   for Forest Fire Control Prevention Programs


David Celino, Chief Fire Warden
40 Cold Storage Drive, Amherst, MA 01004

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