Fire Management

Group of firefighters wearing uniforms and hardhats stand in a circle near trees and smoke.

Operations briefing on the Donnell Fire

The Stanislaus National Forest has a diverse Fire and Aviation Management program that is strongly committed to the management of all aspects of wildfire operations. Initial and extended attack of wildfire includes planning, fuels management, prescribed burning, prevention, suppression, and using state-of-the-art tools and technology in dynamic and changing environments. We are proud to be a part of the largest wildfire 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 Stanislaus 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 wildfire and fuels in a fire-adapted ecosystem.

What We Do

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The Forest Service does not manage all wildfires the same way. Response can range from monitoring a fire that is beneficial to an ecosystem to aggressively putting out a fire that threatens people or resources they need. Safety is the highest priority on every fire. People often mistakenly consider all fires to be negative, destructive forces. However, properly managed, fire can be an effective natural resource management tool. Fire is recognized as an instrument of change and a catalyst for promoting biological diversity and healthy ecosystems. Fire does not imply death, but rather change.

Who We Are

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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

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


California Campfire Permit

Permits are available free at offices of the Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and CAL FIRE, or online at Prevent Wildfire CA.