Fire or Wildfire

A significant fire, of any origin, that ignites one or more structures, causing injury, loss of life, and/or damage to property and which requires the response of 70% of the Lansing Fire Department’s resources (third alarm); or a wildfire occurring within the City’s Urban-Wildland Interface area. A significant fire is one that requires more than 70% of resources of the Lansing Fire Department to control.

  • The department responds to over 14,000 runs each year.
  • In 2014, Lansing Fire signed automatic mutual aid agreements with East Lansing and Delhi Township, so that the closest fire rig will respond to a call, regardless of what department they are from.
  • The Lansing Fire Department has 200 full-time firefighters, with a minimum of 51 firefighters on duty at all times.


Fire incidents have decreased steadily over the past 30 years. A third of all fires happen in structures, most of those in homes. About 20% of all fires in the U.S. are wild-land or forest fires. In Lansing, the probability of wild-land fire is increasing as human activity in wooded areas like Crego Park increases. Any fire that occurs inside the City’s Urban-Wildland Interface is also considered a significant fire. The Urban-Wild Interface includes Crego Park, Fenner Arboretum and Scott Woods Park. Although it isn’t large, the difficulty of accessing wooded areas with fire apparatus, and the proximity of homes to tree lines, make it a high-risk area.


A Fenner Wildfire Access plan was developed in 2010 to identify access routes and resources for fire department response. Fire Department personnel will receive training on the plan. Fire safety education is provided annually in city elementary schools. Education is the best tool we have for reducing the city’s fire risk.