In the last eleven years, nearly 80 million acres have been consumed by wildfire, an area greater than the state of New Mexico. This map shows which states have been hit the hardest by wildfires since 2002.
Every 23 seconds a fire erupts in the United States, according to the National Fire Protection Association, and, in 2011 alone, there were over 1.3 million fires that required fire department intervention. Not only are firefighters brave, they are also very busy!
While many who pursue careers in fire science and forestry get on-the-job training, pursuing post-secondary education can advance their careers. Find out where to find scholarships and other funding.
Studies show women are 50% more likely to work in public service than men. Explore career possibilities for women in the public sector, possible salaries and resources.