Fire Management

The Sierra National Forest has a diverse Fire and Aviation Management program that is strongly committed to the management of all aspects of wildland fire operations. In addition to initial and extended attack of wildland fires, this includes planning, fuels management, prescribed burning, prevention, suppression, and using state-of-art tools and technology in dynamic and changing environments. We are proud to be a part of the largest wildland firefighting force in the world.

We stand behind the agency's top priority to maintain and improve the health, diversity, and productivity of forest ecosystems for the enjoyment of current and future generations. We are enthusiastic about reducing hazardous fuels, improving forest health, and returning fire to our ecosystem in a deliberate and dedicated manner.

The Sierra National Forest Fire and Aviation Management Program maintains strong relationships with collaborators and partners, including international, federal, tribal, state, and local agencies. In addition, Fire and Aviation Management personnel work with all resource areas—biology, archaeology, timber, wildlife, lands and minerals, and range–to address the many challenges that come with managing wildland fire and fuels in a fire-adapted ecosystem.

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FAM IOrg SquareThe Sierra National Forest has a robust and dynamic Fire Management organization. Our Forest is host to a wide variety of fire suppression, prevention, detection, and aviation resources and personnel.

FAM Smoke Square While fire is a very important process for maintaining healthy forest ecosystems, the Sierra National Forest is sensitive to the need for smoke management during fire operations. We work collaboratively with the local and state air quality boards and districts to meet mandates and targets for our smoke management efforts.


Being Ready—Wildfire Preparedness

Wildfire is Coming ... Are You Ready?

It takes the combination of both Defensible space and the hardening of your home to really give your house the best chance of surviving a wildfire.

One Less Spark—One Less Wildfire

One Less Spark—One Less Wildfire

Whether it's ensuring a campfire or landscape debris burn of leaves and branches is completely extinguished, or keeping a vehicle well maintained to prevent sparks, following just a few simple steps can help prevent wildfires.


National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC)

NIFC is located in Boise, Idaho, and is the nation's support center for wildland firefighting.

National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy

A strategic push to work collaboratively among all stakeholders and across all landscapes.