COVID-19 and Wildland Fire Management
All wildland fire agencies remain committed to wildland fire readiness through active hiring of fire personnel, adjusting training practices to minimize contact and slow COVID-19 spread potential, and assessing prescribed burning operations. All wildland firefighting partners are working together to plan for fire activity during COVID-19.
To further ensure the highest degree of readiness, the National Multi-Agency Coordinating Group requested three regional Area Command Teams to work with partners at all levels in the fire community to develop protocols for wildfire response during the COVID-19 pandemic. These Wildland Fire Response Plans, linked below, are available to all incident management teams and fire units to help guide effective wildfire response.
The safety of the public and all wildland fire responders is always the number one priority for all wildland fire agencies.
For more information regarding COVID-19, please visit the following resources:
Geographic Area Plans
- California (Northern and Southern)
- Eastern Area
- Great Basin
- Northern Rockies
- Rocky Mountain
- Southern Area
- Centers for Disease Control Frequently Asked Questions for Wildland Firefighters
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- COVID-19 Portal (Fire Management Board)
- DOI Wildfires and COVID-19
- Bureau of Indian Affairs COVID-19 Fire Information
- Forest Service Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update
- Guidance on COVID-19 Testing and Subsequent Action
- Information for Public Affairs Officers
- National Wildfire Coordination Group 2020 Memos
- National Multi-Agency Coordinating Group 2020 Correspondence
- Prevention and Management of COVID-19 During Wildland Fire Operations (graphic)
- Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center Incident Management Remote Response Community