Each year for National Arson Awareness Week, the U.S. Fire Administration gathers and shares information to raise awareness of arson and provide individuals with strategies to combat these problems in their community.
This year’s National Arson Awareness Week theme is "Prevent Wildfire Arson - Spread the Facts Not the Fire." Arson is the willful, malicious, intentional and/or reckless burning of your property or someone else’s. Wildfire arson takes place on underdeveloped wildland or uncultivated land comprised of forest, brush or grassland.
- During the five-year period 2010-2014, 23 percent of wildfires reported were arson (U.S. Department of the Interior).
- Individual arson fires can cause damages to resources and communities totaling over a hundred million dollars (U.S. Forest Service).
- More than half a million wildfires are set by arsonists each year in the U.S., resulting in over $3 billion in damages (National Institute of Standards and Technology and U.S. Department of Agriculture).
To learn more about how to prevent wildfire arson, visit FEMA's website. Materials from previous Arson Awareness Week programs are also available to read and download.