Wildland Fire Management

 Wildland Fire Collage

Wildland fire is inevitable in North American ecosystems. Most wildland fire must be suppressed or managed to meet resource and social objectives. Wise use of prescribed fire approximates the historical role of fire and enhances long-term wildland values. Effectively managing fuels and dealing with wildfires requires coordination between the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, other agencies, and communities.

Wildland Fire Hire

The Forest Service hires permanent and seasonal firefighters. Seasonal job hirings are usually done by March. Look for job series 0462, which includes most fire-related jobs, in USAJobs.

* 2017 Rocky Mountain Region Seasonal Positions - Includes MBRTB *

Local Wildland Fire News

For the latest fire restrictions or wildland fire news, contact your local Forest Service ranger district office or click on one of the following dispatch centers:

InciWeb - An interagency all-risk incident information management system

Wildland Fire Prevention And Safety

Campers and other public land users need to follow basic campfire safety rules. Campfire use may be limited or prohibited at times due to dryness and other weather factors.

  • Scrape back dead grass and forest materials from your campfire site.
  • Keep your campfire small and under control; make it only as big as you need it.
  • Keep a shovel and a water container nearby to douse escaped embers.
  • Put your campfire dead out before leaving your campsite or going to sleep.
  • Always follow current fire restrictions.

Fuels Management and Protecting Your Home

To protect homes and improve the health of the forest, use several methods to reduce thick forest vegetation (fuels) where the forest may be subject to a destructive wildland fire. Click on the following link for more information. Visit the US Forest Service National website on Fire and Aviation Management for more information on:

  • Prescribed Fire
  • Mechanical Fuels Treatment
  • Creating Wildfire Defensible Zones
  • Aviation Information and Safety

Fire Plans and Partnerships

The region has expanded wildland fire assessment, suppression, and prevention programs to carry out the National Fire Plan. Click on the following links for more information.