Wildland fire, known in Australia as bush fire, has played a major role in Australia due to arid conditions. Notable fire services tasked with wildfire suppression include the New South Wales Rural Fire Service, the South Australian Country Fire Service, and the Victorian Department of Environment and Primary Industries and the Country Fire Authority.
Canada contains about 4,020,000 square miles (10,400,000 square kilometers) of forest land. Seventy-five percent are northern forests, mainly composed of conifers. More than 90% of Canada's woodland is public, and provincial and territorial governments are responsible for fighting fires. CIFFC provides operational fire control services and links to all provincial and district fire agencies.
2010, a hilltop in Lebec, California, a water-filled tank waiting for a fire
The wildfire suppression in the United States has a long history and is changing. Much of the twentieth century, wildfires of any kind, either naturally or otherwise, were quickly suppressed for fear of uncontrollable and destructive flames such as the Pistigo fire of 1871 and the fire of 1910.