Fire & Aviation

The Heart of a Firefighter

About Fire and Aviation Management

In the Southwest and across the country, fire's biological effects profoundly affect forests and grasslands. These "Fire Management" links describe prescribed fire and unwanted wildland fires. Prescribed fire is used as an important natural process in a variety of forest, brush, and prairie ecosystems. Without periodic, low-intensity fires, these ecosystems undergo rapid changes in species composition and structure that, in turn, can lead to catastrophic wildfire, or insect and disease outbreak. Unwanted, catastrophic wildfires must be fought. Aggressive fire suppression must remain an essential cornerstone of the Forest Service mission. We must maintain and strengthen our firefighting capability because of the increasing value of national forest resources and growing private development in the wildland-urban interface.


Fire Hire

The Forest Service is looking for experienced and entry level Fire Fighters for permanent positions.

Centralized Temporary Hiring Outreach

The Southwestern Region is now hiring for their 2018 fire and non-fire temporary seasonal positions.


Fire Ecology Curriculums

This curriculum uses fire as its central theme in order to provide information and education on a vast array of forest health and ecosystem management issues.

Key Contacts

Fire Hire

Jake Nuttall
Regional Work Force Planning and Training Specialist
USDA Forest Service, Region 3
333 Broadway Blvd. SE
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Office: (505)842-3281
Fax: (505)842-3806

Southwest Engine Academy

Jim Burton
SWEA Coordinator

Women in Wildland Fire

Francesca Chavez
USDA Forest Service
Forest Service Circle
Quemado, NM 87829

Joe Scholz
USDA Forest Service
11776 Hwy 337
Tijeras, NM  87059

Cory Ball
USDA Forest Service
8738 Ranger Rd
Happy Jack, AZ  86024