Fire & Aviation

HotShot Crew hiking up hill after completion of cutting handline. Helitak Crew observing takeoff with longline bucket. Smokejumpers dropping into site for initial attack. Mechanically treated timber stand 1 year after wildfire.

Our mission is to provide safe, efficient and economical fire management while sustaining, protecting and restoring ecosystems.

Operating Principles:

  • Apply the best science in efforts to restore and maintain healthy fire dependent ecosystems
  • Plan and execute FAM operations in a safe, effective and cost efficient manner
  • Actively participate and provide leadership supporting all elements of the Forest Service mission
  • Provide leadership in developing interagency cooperation and partnerships
  • Provide leadership in conservation education
  • Ensure a professional, diverse and motivated workforce that is able to adapt and derive benefit during times of change
  • Proudly serve the nation as Forest Service employees

Pacific Southwest Fire Hire Outreach Notice—Fire Positions

Fire HireThe Pacific Southwest Region (R5) is looking for a committed, hardworking, highly skilled workforce to suppress wildfires and work in fuels management on 18 National Forests located in California.

The fire and aviation management program is very rewarding and requires talented people working safely as part of a team in a variety of specialized positions; including dispatch, engine crews, fire & fuels management, hand crews, helitack, interagency hotshot crews, dozers and fire prevention. The vacancy announcements for these positions are posted on the U.S. Government's official website for employment opportunities at www.usajobs.gov.

Current Wildland Fire Information

The map below is produced by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group and is hosted on the National Fire Situational Awareness page, where users may access the map in a full browser view. Additional incident specific information can be accessed at InciWeb.