Fire and Aviation Information


The National Forests in North Carolina (NFsNC) is home to a variety of ecosystems located in the western mountains to the eastern coastline of the State. In order to handle this vast range of habitat the fire program utilizes different management techniques including fuels management and fire suppression. The use of these techniques improves the protection of forest resources and neighboring landowners.

Prescribe fire, also known as prescribe burning, occurs in the NFsNC system year around. Majority of the prescribe burning is during the fall and spring seasons. However, the Uwharrie and Croatan may also burn during the summer months.

Fire suppression is year around for North Carolina. Most wildfires occur during the spring and fall, although fires can happen during dry periods throughout the year. Majority of the wildfires are caused by human carelessness.

The Forest Service objective of fire suppression is “to safely suppress wildfires at minimum cost consistent with land and resource management objectives…”

Fire News

For the latest fire news look in our Alerts and Notices section or contact your local Forest Service Ranger Station or office, or click on one of the following dispatch centers:

National Fire Information

Fire Plans and Partnerships

Fire Training

Fire Hire

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

Other ways to be hired for fire season is to be a contractor or an Administratively Determined (AD) hire

Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER)

While many wildfires cause minimal damage to the land and pose few threats to the land or people downstream, some fires cause damage that requires special efforts to prevent problems afterwards. Loss of vegetation exposes soil to erosion; water runoff may increase and cause flooding; sediments may move downstream and damage houses or fill reservoirs putting endangered species and community water supplies at risk.