Fire & Aviation

Wildfires in the South: Then and Now 

2016 Record Setting Fire Season
After a record setting fire season last fall when more than 300,000 acres burned, southern states could potentially face a similar scenario in 2017. Details here

 

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

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Aviation

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.

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Incident information

Information on current incident activity can be found on the

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, http://www.inciweb.org/, 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

Picture- Asheville hotshots

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. The fire season in the South starts earlier than the rest of the country, so begin looking for vacancies on USAJobs (http://www.usajobs.opm.gov/) and Avue (https://www.avuedigitalservices.com/) in the fall.

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? You can 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.



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