Fire Management

Forest Service FireWildland fire can be a friend and a foe. In the right place at the right time, wildland fire can create many environmental benefits, such as reducing grass, brush, and trees that can fuel large and severe wildfires and improving wildlife habitat. In the wrong place at the wrong time, wildfires can wreak havoc, threatening lives, homes, communities, and natural and cultural resources.

The Forest Service does not manage fires alone. Instead, the agency works closely with other tribal, federal, state, county, and local partners. This is more important than ever because over the last few decades, the wildland fire management environment has profoundly changed - longer fire seasons, bigger fires, more acres burned on average each year, and more extreme fire behavior. 

In accordance with interagency federal fire policy, the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest operates under a Fire Management Plan. This plan provides direction to fire personnel so they can determine the best management response to an unplanned ignition. This includes ensuring fire fulfills its natural role in some pre-determined areas, and is fully suppressed in other areas such as the Wildland-Urban Interface.


Fire Information Resources

As fire danger increases, check Alerts & Notices page or contact the Ranger District office near the location you want to visit for current fire information and restrictions that may have been put in place to reduce the risk of a wildfire. Click here for additional fire information resources.


Prescribed Fire

As one part of fire management, prescribed fire is used to alter, maintain, and restore vegetative communities; achieve desired conditions; and protect life, property, and values that would be degraded and /or destroyed by wildfire. Click here to learn more about how prescribed fire is used on the Forest.


Bridgeport Interagency Helitack Crew

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Learn about the Interagency Helitack Crew Based out of Bridgeport, California.


Be Prepared for a Wildfire

FireWise Prepare Your Home

The public is an important partner in the fight to minimize the potential for devastating fires. Find out if you, your family, and your property are prepared.

Become a Wildland Firefighter

Wildland Firefighters

Want to become a Wildland Fire Fighter? The National Wildfire Coordinating Group offers tips for how to go about getting a fire job.


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