NIFC mobilizes Canadian fire crews to provide wildland fire support

For Release: September 2, 2020                                                  

Contact: Carrie Bilbao, Public Affairs Specialist 208-387-5457

NIFC mobilizes Canadian fire crews to provide wildland fire support

Boise,  Idaho  –  The  National  Interagency  Fire  Center  (NIFC)  in  Boise,  Idaho  is  
mobilizing  three wildland firefighting hand crews from Quebec, Canada to assist with wildfire 
suppression efforts in California.  The  National  Multi-Agency  Coordinating  Group  (NMAC)  at  
NIFC  comprised  of  fire managers representing the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Indian 
Affairs, the National Park Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the USDA Forest Service, 
the U.S. Fire Administration and the National Association of State Foresters, requested the 
assistance after determining that the U.S. is in need of additional crew support on large fires burning in the West.

“On a national and international scale, we maintain arrangements with international partners such 
as the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre. The United States and Canada maintain strong 
working relationships and provide each other with assistance by sharing wildland fire resources,” 
said Josh Simmons, Chair of the NMAC. “We currently remain at a National Preparedness Level 5 with 
a lot of activity throughout many geographic areas, including the large fires in California. At the 
NMAC, we would like to thank the Canadian Government and firefighters for their willingness to 
assist us with our firefighting efforts. We are grateful for their assistance that will help us be 
successful in protecting lives, property, and valuable natural and cultural resources.”

The three Canadian crews, 60 firefighters total, along with two agency representatives, are 
expected to  arrive  at  NIFC  later  today,  September  2,  2020.  They  will  receive  a  
briefing  orientation  and participate in fire shelter deployment training. After a one-night rest 
in Boise, the crews will fly to Reno,  Nevada  and  board  ground  transportation  to  their  fire  
assignment  on  the  North  Complex  in California. The North Complex consists of numerous 
lightning fires being managed as one incident on the Plumas National Forest.

Currently, 112 wildfires are burning across the western U.S. and more than 5.5 million acres have 
burned nationally this year. Above normal fire activity is occurring in northern California, 
Arizona, Colorado, and some other states.

Since 1982, the U.S. and Canada have maintained an arrangement between the National Interagency 
Coordination Center (NICC) in the U.S. and the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre (CIFFC) in 
Canada to ensure efficient resource sharing during peak fire activity.

For more information on international assistance on wildfire support, visit: - 
International Fire Support.


The National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC), located in Boise, Idaho, is the nation's support 
center for wildland firefighting. Eight different agencies and organizations are part of NIFC 
including, the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 
National Park Service, USDA Forest Service, National Weather Service, U.S. Fire Administration, and 
the National Association of State Foresters.