National Interagency Fire Center


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


Additional Information
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
Microphone Use for Social Distanced Interviews
National Wildfire Coordination Group 2020 Memos
National Multi-Agency Coordinating Group 2020 Correspondence
Prevention and Management of COVID-19 During Wildland Fire Operations (graphic)

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