Coordination and cooperation in wildland fire management.

Current National Statistics
48 Total
New Large Fires
19 Incidents
Total Large Fires
11,358 Acres
Burned in Large Fires

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December is coming, so we’re featuring the many different types of work and other activities done by #FireJobs in the winter months. Wildland fire personnel often conduct critical post wildfire recovery efforts or Burned Area ... Rehabilitation (BAR) work in the fall, winter and spring. BAR supports the healing process and provides a bridge to long-term recovery. This may include restoring burned habitat, reforestation, other planting or seeding, monitoring fire effects, replacing burned fences, interpreting cultural sites, treating noxious weed infestations, and installing interpretive signs. #NotYourOrdinaryJob 📸: Drill Seeding on Sheep fire during the fall and winter of 2019 and 2020. The Sheep Fire burned 30 miles south of Winnemucca Nevada. Credit: Winnemucca BLM
Winter is in full swing, so we’re featuring the important #FireJob work done by thousands of wildland fire personnel throughout the fall, winter and spring. One of the most prominent tasks accomplished this time of year are ... fuels projects. When temperatures drop, the days become shorter and fire activity is at its lowest, wildland fire personnel conduct numerous fuels projects, such as #RxBurns or #PrescribedBurns. These projects are done when conditions allow for safe, efficient burning. Pile burning is often done in the winter, when snow is on the ground, as it can be done well during low temperatures. #NotYourOrdinaryJob 📸: Rocky Mountain National Park firefighters conduct pile burning operations in the snow, limiting risk and reducing fuels during the winter months. Photo by @NationalParkService.
Continuing with our #FireJob winter work feature: here's a prime example of some #FireJob winter work at Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve! More than half of NPS structures in Alaska are farther than one mile from a ... road; in fact, for the more than 1,500 NPS structures in Alaska further than one mile from a road, the average distance to the nearest road is 32 miles! But these structures provide crucial shelter to those who visit remote parts of the state to recreate, subsistence hunt and fish, and work. Difficulty accessing these structures makes them extra vulnerable in the event of wildfire and makes it important to conduct fuels treatments prior to any threats. As snow blankets the ground in fall and winter, greater, and sometimes safer, opportunities exist to transport personnel and gear to remote locations. In April 2022, NPS Eastern Area Fire Management staff took on the logistical challenge of conducting important fuels work at a remote cabin at Narvak Lake within Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve. After a full day’s drive from Fairbanks to Coldfoot, then another day of shuttling gear and personnel (which included use of a ski plane!), staff reached the remote cabin at Narvak Lake, camping out in temperatures that reached as low as -22°F, and burned piles which had been compiled during the summer to create defensible space within 100 feet of the cabin. This type of important work increases the likelihood that remote structures in Alaska’s national parks will be able to withstand potential future wildland fires and will be around to provide shelter for many future backcountry travelers accessing remote public land in Alaska. Photo captions, (all photos by NPS): -View from the plane on the way to Narvak Lake. -Staff unload gear at Narvak Lake. -Staff digging out the burn pit.
As December approaches and winter is in full swing in many areas of the country, we’re featuring work and other activities done by wildland fire personnel in the fall, winter and spring months, when wildfire activity is at its ... lowest. Stay tuned this week for some interesting info. about what thousands of #FireJob personnel do to support public lands management and other community work when there’s no smoke in the air. #NotYourOrdinaryJob 📸 -> A winter seeding project in southwestern Idaho. Photo by Bureau of Land Management.
Looking for a wildland fire training course this winter? The Wildland Fire Learning Portal has on demand self-enrolled courses to get you ready for that next qualification. Get prepared for #FireYear2023 —> ... #NotYourOrdinaryJob
We hope you enjoyed our #ThankAFirefighter series during #ThanksgivingWeek. Remember, when you see a firefighter or first responder, please stop and say #ThankYou for their dedication, hard work, and sacrifices. ... #NotYourOrdinaryJob The community of Salmon thinks of their #FirefightingResources as a little ray of sunshine during #MooseFire! Photo from the Moose Fire #Inciweb page.
Looking for a different kind of summer camp? Our friends at CAL FIRE are offering a free firefighter camp for young women ages 16-18 and they are now accepting applications for 2023. Deadline is January 31, 2023! This is a five ... day experience in two locations, Shasta and San Luis Obispo, CA. For more information-
A simple hand-crafted poster to #ThankAFirefighter is a gesture from the heart. The #CedarCreekFire has a thoughtful artist in their community. #FireYear2022

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The nation’s federal wildland fire community is a large and complex organization across the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs; and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service. These agencies manage wildland fire on nearly 700 million acres of federal public land, or one-fifth of the total land area in the United States. 

NIFC is home to the national fire management programs of each federal fire agency, along with partners including the National Association of State Foresters, the U.S. Fire Administration, and the National Weather Service. A Department of Defense liaison was added as a permanent partner at NIFC in 2008. Working together, these partners provide leadership, policy oversight and coordination to manage the nation’s wildland fire programs.

In recent years, the role of the agencies at NIFC has grown to include all types of fire management, including hazardous fuels treatments, integrated fire and land-use planning, and more. Fire management under this larger umbrella is designed to achieve not only suppression goals, but to accomplish a broad spectrum of natural resource objectives, and do so in an efficient, cost-effective manner.

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