Fire Suppression: Detection & Dispatch

Fire plume from a distance Fire detection, dispatch and fire suppression are integral to any fire management program. The Santa Fe National Forest has 4 fire lookouts who assist in the detection of fires. Two of the lookouts are utilized regularly and the other 2 are used as needed. When the lookouts spot a fire or smoke, they report it immediately to the Santa Fe Zone Fire Dispatch Center.

The dispatcher takes down the information and sends out personnel and resources to the fire. There are 9 fire engines and one Hotshot crew, available to fight fires on the forest. There are also other resources from other forests and agencies that can be called in to assist. The Dispatch Office tracks all resources committed to the fire and makes sure that the fire resources receive the necessary support to fight the fire. They also dispatch the airtankers, helicopters, aircraft and smokejumpers on the fire. The dispatch center is the communications center for the forest supporting all field going personnel.

Aircraft dropping slurry

As long as there are fires, the Forest Service will always have a fire suppression workforce. These are the men and women who risk their lives to protect our lives, property and natural and cultural resources.

They battle the blazes with fire engines, on foot, from the air and are often the first into remote locations. They work together as a team to manage wildland fires safely and to get the job done. The firefighters today are highly skilled and educated about wildland fire. They use the latest technology and scientific information to better understand and predict fire behavior. When wildland fires occur, the trained men and women of the Santa Fe National Forest Service will be there to face the flames!

Fire engine at a fire