Fire Management

Wildfire activity on the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest ranging from fire danger levels, public use restrictions, and official closures.

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FIRE DANGER LEVEL

Low for all areas

Effective September 24, 2020

Click here for danger level descriptions by level (also known as Public Awareness Level)

 

INDUSTRIAL FIRE PRECAUTION LEVEL (IFPL)

IFPL Level I for all Ranger Districts

Effective September 24, 2020


Click here for IFPL restrictions by level

 

PUBLIC USE RESTRICTIONS (Campfires, smoking, etc.)

FIRE RELATED CLOSURES

The following have been closed to public access due to the Downey Creek Fire.

  • Suiattle River Rd. (FR 26) from Buck Creek Campground to the east road terminus
  • Green Mt. Rd. (FR 2680)
  • Green Mt. Trail (#782), including the Green Mountain Lookout
  • Downey Creek Trail (#768)
  • Sulphur Creek Trail (#793)
  • Sulphur Mt. Trail (#794)
  • Suiattle River Trail (#784)
  • Bachelor Creek Trail (#796)
  • Sulphur Creek Campground

Map of Closed Areas

Closure Order No. 06-05-20-04

Effective September 11, 2020

 

INCIWEB

Inciweb (https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/) provides information for wildland fire emergencies and prescribed fires, but can also be used for other natural disasters and emergency incidents such as earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, etc. Official announcements include evacuations, road closures, news releases, maps, photographs, and basic information and current situation about the incident.

PRESCRIBED FIRES

Prescribed fire is a planned fire. Sometimes called a “controlled burn” or “prescribed burn,” the Forest Service manages prescribed fires to benefit natural resources and reduce the risk of unwanted wildfires in the future. See our News & Events page for announcements about spring or fall prescribed fires.


photo of firefigher in smoky wooded surroundingsFire Management

Science has changed the way we think about wildland fire and the way we manage it. We still suppress fires, especially if they threaten people and communities, but we understand that fire has a role in nature – one that can lead to healthy ecosystems. So we look for ways to manage it to play its role, for instance, by igniting prescribed fires.

Fire Prevention How-Tos

While at home or on camping trips, follow these important safety tips.

Fire Science

The Forest Service conducts cutting-edge research and develops tools to help land managers better understand and manage fire. Our scientists study fire behavior and the effects of fire on ecosystems and society, as well as offer management options.

National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy

To address the challenges wildland fire management poses, the Forest Service and its other federal, tribal, state and local partners have developed and are implementing a National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy.

Forests and Rangelands

Forests and Rangelands provides fire, fuels, and land management information for government officials, land and wildland fire management professionals, businesses, communities, and interested organizations and individuals.

Firewise

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Firewise Communities Program encourages local solutions for safety by involving homeowners in taking individual responsibility for preparing their homes from the risk of wildfire.


Fire Management Positions

We are looking for a committed, hardworking, highly skilled workforce to suppress wildfires and work in fuels management on the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. The fire and aviation management program is very rewarding and requires working safely as part of a team in a variety of specialized positions; including dispatch, engine crews, fuels technicians, handcrews, helitack, hotshot crews, smokejumpers, and prevention. Visit our employment page for more information.



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