Fire Management

To report a fire dial 911 or contact the Cody Interagency Dispatch Center at 800-295-9954

Current Wildland Fires and Fire Restrictions

Fire and Fuels Management

helicopter dropping water on fireFire management combines elements of fire prevention, fire suppression, and fire use.

Wildland fire is inevitable in North American ecosystems. Most wildland fire must be suppressed to meet resource and social objectives. Wise use of fire approximates the historical role of fire and enhances long-term wildland values. Effectively managing forest fuels and dealing with wildfires requires coordination between the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, other agencies, and communities.

The Shoshone National Forest fire management program includes two zones (representing the five ranger districts) with program oversight and leadership provided from the Supervisor's Office in Cody. Strong interagency relationships are a critical part of the overall fire management program. The Shoshone is served by Cody Interagency Dispatch Center, managed by an interagency board of directors.

Shoshone National Forest Fire Management Plan for 2012 (PDF 14mb)

Fuels Management

To protect private property and improve the health of the forest and wildlife habitat, we use several methods to reduce forest vegetation (fuels), where the forest may be subject to intense, destructive wildfire. These methods include mechanical fuels treatments (cutting and thinning) and controlled burns, or prescribed fire.

Firewise Tips

NFPA's Firewise USA® program teaches people how to adapt to living with wildfire and encourages neighbors to work together and take action now to prevent losses.