Only about 10% of NIMO's time is spent on fire incidents. NIMO teams are mobilized to fires every year, but usually under special circumstances such as:

  • Early or late season fires when many resources are not available.
  • Long-term fires, (often at the end of the season). NIMO personnel are available for mobilization full time, year-round, making them an ideal resource for long duration events.
  • Merging with a Type 2 or 3 team for a response to provide support/capacity/mentorship through a period of increased complexity.
  • Augmenting a Type 1 fire organization to provide additional overhead capability.

In addition to fires, there are many other types of support that NIMO can provide:

Types of Support

  • Incident Management Team (IMT) Support & Management of Fires
  • High Priority National level projects (Washington Office)
  • Regional Projects
  • Forest Support
  • Exercises & Simulations
  • NWCG, FEMA and Type 3 Training
  • Meeting Organization and Facilitation
  • Facilitated Learning Analyses (FLAs), Fire Reviews and Timelines
  • Line of Duty Death/ Memorial Planning
  • International Work


Our Past

Eric Martinez

The NIMO Program has evolved since its inception, something participants see as positive and necessary and in line with the changing wildland fire environment.

Current Focus Areas

NIMO has a bright future focused on continually improving the risks associated with managing wildland fires and, toward that end, has a large list of focus areas.

Bob Houseman at Devore Fire in a meeting looking at a map

PHX NIMO IC Bob Houseman at the Devore Creek Fire with agency reps 2019 on the Okanogan-Wenatchee NF

Goff Fire, Klamath National Forest, seem from Seiad Valley Fire Department

Seiad Valley residents watching the Goff Fire burning above their community on the Klamath National Forest.