News Releases

News Releases

The USDA Forest Service is activating two Department of Defense C-130 aircraft equipped with MAFFS to assist with increased fire activity in several western states. The aircraft will join the wildland fire agencies fighting wildfires across the West.
Wildland firefighting is difficult, physically arduous work, often largely undertaken out of the public eye. Every year, thousands of federal, state, local, Tribal, military and contract firefighters and support personnel respond to wildland fires across the U.S.
Humans cause an average of 80% of all wildland fires on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) public lands. Wildfires threaten people, homes and precious natural resources. Firefighters risk their lives to protect our communities and suppress these preventable incidents.
The USDA Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, other federal wildland fire agencies and CAL FIRE will conduct annual training for Modular Airborne Firefighting Systems (MAFFS) personnel in and around Boise, April 25-29. This national training will take place at Gowen Field in Boise.
The Andrus Center for Public Policy at Boise State University will be hosting the 2022 Inaugural John Freemuth Student Congress October 3-6, 2022, in Boise, Idaho, and is seeking student applicants. This year’s congress will focus on wildland fire management to explore critical issues.