Fire & Aviation



Fire and Aviation Management in the Pacific Northwest is a cooperative effort between the USDA Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in close collaboration with the Pacific Northwest Wildfire Coordinating Group, an interagency group with representation from five federal wildland fire agencies, two state forestry agencies, and two state fire marshal associations.

2017 Fire Timeline

The Pacific Northwest spent a record 40 days at the highest Preparedness Level (5) during the 2017 wildfire season- almost three weeks more than in 2015. We faced multiple fires that crossed state, regional, and national borders, prompting multi-jurisdictional and even international fire management with our Canadian neighbors.

If the past several fire seasons have taught us anything, it is to be prepared for everything. Through these demanding seasons, we have learned that we cannot address the growing wildfire problems on our own. Rather, we strive to collaborate in all facets of preparedness, prevention, response and recovery.

The 2017 Fire Narrative and Timeline tells the story of successes and challenges, and also addresses emerging technology and science, such as Quantitative Risk Assessment, Risk Management Assistance Teams, and using Unmanned Aircraft Systems (drones) for infrared and reconnaissance flights.

Fire Information



Interagency Hotshot Crews

Image of three fire fighters burning a tall grass meadow.

The Pacific Northwest Interagency Hotshot Crews form a proud group of members that are represented by all twelve of the IHC's in Washington and Oregon. This group is continuously working to sustain and strengthen the high standards expected of a learning organization like a hotshot crew. The PNWIHCs function under common standards set forth by the National Interagency Hotshot Crew Operations Guide. Strong leadership, adaptability, and a versatility of skills are just a few of the traits we share with other hotshot programs across the nation.