Fire Management

A plane makes a drop of bright red fire retardant over smokey tree tops.The White River National Forest is part of the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit. The UCR provides a full range of fire management services to participating federal, state and local jurisdictions in western Colorado.

The UCR is composed of the Glenwood Springs and Grand Junction Field Offices of the Bureau of Land Management; Grand Valley Ranger District of the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests; and the White River National Forest. The unit cooperates with state agencies, local communities and fire departments on a wide range of activities including fuels treatments, fire prevention and fire suppression.

Fire fighter stands in a burning field during a controlled burn with a hand held radio.Encompassing over 4.5 million acres of land managed by participating Federal agencies, the UCR is oriented along the Interstate 70 corridor from the Continental Divide on the east to the Utah state line on the west. Vegetation types in the area range from those typifying high desert species such as native bunchgrasses, sagebrush and various types of brush, to woodland species such as pinyon-juniper, aspen and mixed conifer species at higher elevations.

Fire Planning:

Firefighter walks in the sun with a hand tool near a controlled burn.Interagency Federal fire policy requires that every area with burnable vegetation must have a Fire Management Plan. Our fire plan provides information with regard to the fire process for the White River National Forest and compiles guidance from existing sources such as but not limited to, the White River National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan, national policy, and national and regional directives. 

2011 Fire Management Plan

2011 Fire Management Plan Map

Latest Fire News

Trees and soil that are blackened by fire.For the latest White River National Forest fire information, please visit the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit (UCR).

Interested in joining the crew?

Firefighters must be at least 18 years of age, be in top physical condition and willing to work in strenuous conditions. If you're interested in learning more about opportunities for a career in fire or if you're just looking for summer employment, visit our jobs section. You can also fill out a profile, attach a resume and apply now at