Wildfires burn millions of acres in California every year. According to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, the 2020 wildfire season is the largest recorded in California’s modern history with thousands of firefighters still on the frontline. The following is a resource list for families and children seeking  information about wildfires, wildfire preparedness, and safety tips.

Online resources:

Smokey for Kids -  The Ad Council

Learn how to prevent wildfires and protect the forest through fun games and activities for kids.

Wildfires – Ready.gov

FEMA’s site includes safety steps and tips to help children learn about and be ready for a wildfire.

Ready for Wildfire - CAL Fire

Make sure your family and home are ready for a wildfire by following the three steps: Ready, Set, Go!

You can read about wildfires and find out more about general fire safety information by checking out the titles below. For a more complete list, please click for the printable or online lists.


We Will Live In This Forest Again by Gianna Marino

Explore the bittersweet cycle of burning and rebirth in the forest, following a lone deer as it sees its only home scorched by flame—and later, returns to find new plants already sprouting.

I Survived the California Wildfires, 2018 by Lauren Tarshis

Follow the story of a boy who moves across the country to rural northern California, where his efforts to adjust are challenged by a fast-moving firestorm that places family homes and lives at risk.

Wildfire by Rodman Philbrick

Newbery Honor author Rodman Philbrick sends readers straight into the nightmare of a raging wildfire as 12-year-old Sam is trapped by explosive flames and deadly smoke that threaten to take his life. Can he survive?

How To Survive a Fire by Kenny Abdo

Focuses on fires and gives information on what they are, how to prepare for them, and how to survive. Complete with beautiful, colorful photographs and simple text. Aligned to Common Core Standards.

Firefighter Tools by Laura Hamilton Waxman

Young readers will learn about the tools firefighters use to help their communities.

California Wildfires Survival Stories by Thomas K. Adamson

Readers hear stories from survivors of the devastating wildfires that broke out across southern California in October 2007.

Wildfires by Martha London

Vivid photographs and easy-to-read text explore the science behind how wildfires form, where they most commonly occur, and how people can best stay safe during one.

California and Other Western Wildfires by Rachel Seigel

With dry weather and drought bringing more catastrophic wildfires to the western United States and Canada, this timely title discusses the human and physical impacts of these and other fire disasters and how fire professionals and policymakers are combatting them.

Fighting Fire!: Ten of the Deadliest Fires In American History and How We Fought Them by Michael Cooper

Brings to life ten of the deadliest infernos this nation has ever endured: the great fires of Boston, New York, Chicago, Baltimore, and San Francisco, the disasters of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, the General Slocum, and the Cocoanut Grove nightclub, the wildfire of Witch Creek in San Diego County, and the catastrophe of 9/11.

Fire Safety by Sarah L. Schuette

Learn the most important rules for being safe in case of a fire.