Wildland firefighting operations are conducted in a high-risk environment. Fire fighters and non-firefighters on wildfires can become fatalities during an uncontrolled wildfire in a matter of seconds. There are risks when fighting fire in forests but there are also conditions that increase those risks. Here is the data on risks associated when fighting a wildfire.
Each year the National Wildfire Coordinating Group prepares a "SafetyGram" that documents wildfire fatalities across the United States. It includes records of death and injury from Federal, State, City/county, rural, and volunteer firefighters. It gives specific information on each incident that undergoes investigation. Here are the causes of most fatal wildfire incidents.
Everyone exposed to wildfire is also subject to the deadly hazards of fire. Not only are there risks associated with confronting a fire, there are risks when working around potentially harmful equipment under stressful working conditions. Here are the firefighters at risk and where they work.