Smoke billows up from a hillside that is on fire, with a blue sky overhead.

Fire Management

The goal of fire management in the Southern Region is to safely, efficiently and cost- effectively respond to wildland fires by:

  • Encouraging and supporting establishment of fire-adapted residential communities
  • Proactively working to restore and maintain unique Southern landscapes using prescribed fire and other management tools


Fire and Aviation Management in the South is accomplished through collaboration between the Forest Service and federal, state, and local partners. The Southern Area Coordination Center (SACC)is the focal point for this partnership, coordinating mobilization of resources throughout the 13 Southern states and Puerto Rico. Click here for more information about the USDA Forest Service use of aviation on wildfires

Incident information

Current Fire Activity

Information on current wildland fire activity as well as other risk incidents can be found on the Southern Area Coordination Website. Current activity is summarized in a downloadable Morning Report, produced daily during periods of moderate to high fire activity. Information can also be found on Inciweb, a national interagency incident information website.  The Forest Service has two Interagency Hotshot Crews (IHC), the Augusta IHC based on the George-Washington Jefferson National Forest and the Cherokee IHC based on the Cherokee National Forest. The Asheville IHC program, hosted by the National Forests in North Carolina is a developmental crew.

Fire Suppression

Interested in becoming involved with some of the most challenging and rewarding jobs the Forest Service has to offer? Fire jobs are as diverse as the Forest Service itself, including firefighters, scientists, resource and business managers, computer and communications technicians.

Fire Adapted Communities

Firewise: Community Wildfire Protection Plans

Many people are moving into areas adjacent to or within wildland areas (such as forests, grasslands, mountains, and watersheds). This area, called the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) is particularly vulnerable to wildfire. Do you live or work in or near a WUI area?

Be Firewise

You can learn more and take steps to protect your family and your community by preparing your home and neighborhood for wildfire. Learn if your home is ready to survive a wildfire – and easy tips you can easily implement to improve your home’s survivability in the event of a wildfire.