Fire & Aviation

Interactive Story Map for the 2015 Pacific Northwest Fire Season

The story map below provides an interactive narrative timeline of the 2015 wildfire season across the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Region. Scroll through and explore to learn more about this historic fire season, the most severe in the modern history of the Pacific Northwest. The Forest Service commissioned this narrative summary to capture the full story, not only for historical purposes, but to help the agency continue to learn from past experiences and prepare for future fire seasons.

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To view the full narrative summary, click here or click here to open the map in a new window.

Fire and Aviation Management in the Pacific Northwest is a cooperative effort between the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the US Forest Service in close collaboration with the Pacific Northwest Wildfire Coordinating Group, an interagency group with representation from five federal wildland fire agencies, two state forestry agencies, and two state fire marshal associations. Forest Service and BLM jurisdiction includes lands in both Oregon and Washington and is divided across 10 BLM districts, 19 National Forests, and the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area.


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Interagency Hotshot Crews

Image of three fire fighters burning a tall grass meadow.

The Pacific Northwest Interagency Hotshot Crews form a proud group of members that are represented by all twelve of the IHC's in Washington and Oregon. This group is continuously working to sustain and strengthen the high standards expected of a learning organization like a hotshot crew. The PNWIHCs function under common standards set forth by the National Interagency Hotshot Crew Operations Guide. Strong leadership, adaptability, and a versatility of skills are just a few of the traits we share with other hotshot programs across the nation.