The Division of Forestry protects the state's forest resource through fire readiness, wildfire suppression, training volunteer firefighters, and combating arson. During a crisis, Division employees work closely with volunteer firefighters and rescue squads.
In the south there are typically two fire seasons. The spring fire season, prompted by warming weather, begins about February 15 and ends near May 15th, when the forest has "greened up". Fall fire season begins around October 15, when the leaves begin to fall and usually ends December 15th due to shorter, cooler, wetter days. Still, wildland fires occur year round especially during periods of drought