Tour of NIFC

    Interested in seeing what goes on at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho? NIFC provides many opportunities for tours throughout the year. Tours are provided by appointment during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. All tours must be scheduled at least one week in advance. A minimum of five participants is required to form a group.

    Before calling to schedule a tour, please read the important information regarding touring NIFC, below.

    Tours are available to be scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (last available starting time), Monday through Friday. However, optimal times to schedule a tour are 9:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.

    Tours generally last approximately one and a half hours to two hours, depending on group size and scheduled stops. All participants must be prepared for up to two hours of standing while on the tour.

    Walking between tour stops includes being outside, sometimes on uneven pavement. Participants need to prepare for all foreseeable weather, depending on the time of year. It is suggested during winter months to bring a jacket and an umbrella, and during the summer months, sunglasses, sunscreen, and water. All tour stops are handicap accessible.

    Each tour group is limited to 18 participants. Accommodations may be made for larger groups if multiple tour guides are available.

    The standard tour will include stops at:

    • National Interagency Coordinating Center (NICC): Serves as the focal point for coordinating the mobilization of resources for wildland fire and other incidents throughout the United States. NICC also provides Intelligence and Predictive Services related-products designed to be used by the internal wildland fire community for wildland fire and incident management decision-making.
    • National Interagency Incident Communications Division (Radio Shop): The wildland fire community's national radio and repeater cache. It is the largest civilian cache in the world.
    • Great Basin Cache: One of 15 National Interagency Support Caches (NISC) in the United States. It provides fire supply and equipment support to incidents within the Great Basin geographic area.
    • Smokejumper loft: Home to wildland firefighters who fly to fires via airplane, and parachute as close to the fire as reasonably possible.

    Please be aware, peak fire season usually occurs between the months of June, July, August, and early September. Due to the demands of fire season, NIFC will not be able to provide tours during these months if national preparedness levels (PL) are at PL4 or PL5. If your tour schedules in advance for these months, please be aware your tour may be cancelled, depending on fire activity across the nation. The ability to provide tours may also depend upon staff availability.

    To learn more about PL levels, please visit our national preparedness levels website.

    You can check the current national preparedness level here.

    To schedule a tour at NIFC, please call 208-387-5050, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.