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Wildland Fire


Supporting the Wildland Firefighting Workforce

USDA is taking action in support of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to increase wildland firefighter pay, to work with federal partners to create a new wildland firefighter occupational series, and stand up programs to support mental health and well-being.

Fact Sheet: Supporting the Wildland Firefighting Workforce

From the Chief’s Desk: Increased Payments for Firefighters Achieved

The USDA Forest Service has also launched a 10-year strategy to reduce the risk of catastrophic fire. The strategy focuses on priority landscapes nationwide, where wildfire poses the most risk.

Learn more about the 10-year strategy

Wildland fires are a force of nature that can be nearly as impossible to prevent, and as difficult to control, as hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods.

Wildland fire can be a friend and a foe. In the right place at the right time, wildland fire can create many environmental benefits, such as reducing grass, brush, and trees that can fuel large and severe wildfires and improving wildlife habitat. In the wrong place at the wrong time, wildfires can wreak havoc, threatening lives, homes, communities, and natural and cultural resources.

The Forest Service has been managing wildland fire on National Forests and Grasslands for more than 100 years. But the Forest Service doesn’t – and can’t – do it alone. Instead, the agency works closely with other federal, tribal, state, and local partners.

This is more important than ever because over the last few decades, the wildland fire management environment has profoundly changed. Longer fire seasons; bigger fires and more acres burned on average each year; more

extreme fire behavior; and wildfire suppression operations in the wildland urban interface (WUI) have become the norm. 

To address these challenges, the Forest Service and its other federal, tribal, state, and local partners have developed and are implementing a National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy that has three key components: Resilient Landscapes, Fire Adapted Communities, and Safe and Effective Wildfire Response.

Learn how U.S. Forest Service fire managers respond to wildfires on National Forest System lands.


Being a Wildland Firefighter

Firefighters

People Working in Fire

 

 

 

 

 

These guides will help firefighters and their families prepare for, and respond to, a realm of planned and unplanned situations in the world of wildland firefighting.

These guides provide honest information, resources, and conversation starters to give you, the firefighter, helpful tools to prepare yourself and your family for the realities of performing as a wildland firefighter. 

Preparedness Guide for Firefighters and Their Families (2022 Edition)

U.S. Forest Service Supplement -of the Preparedness Guide for Firefighters and Their Families (2020 Update)

Wildland Fire Suppression Occupations


Wildland Fire Resources

  • Aviation

Airtanker dropping retardant

 

 

 

 

 

Aerial Firefighting Use and Effectiveness (AFUE)

Aviation

Aviation Professionals

Aviation Safety Management Systems

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)

U.S. Forest Service & Interagency Aviation Publications


  • Contracting

Helicopter flying over flames

 

 

 

 

 

Contracting


  • Fuels Management

prescribed fire

Mechanical Treatment

 

 

 

 

Resilient Landscapes

Prescribed Fire

Mechanical Treatment

 


  • Grants

A house at night with the lights on with a wildfire burning on entire forested ridge behind it.
Sweet Creek Milepost 2 Fire in 2020, Oregon Department of Forestry photo by Marcus Kauffman

Community Wildfire Defense Grant

Federal Wildfire Grant Resources

 


  • Incident Business

Incident Business Practices

 

 

 

 

 

Incident Business Practices

All-Hazard Incidents


  • Prevention

Community Mitigation Assistance Team

 

 

 

 

Community Mitigation Assistance Team (CMAT)

Fire Adapted Communities (FAC)

Smokey Bear license logo with Smokey Bear in center of circle

 

 

 

 

 

 

Official Smokey Bear Licensees and Products


  • Property

firefighters

 

 

 

 

 

Excess Personal Property & Firefighter Property Program


  • Publications

Flames

 

 

 

 

 

Fire Publications

Interagency Fire Program Management Standard (IFPM)


  • Resources

Managing Fire

 

 

 

 

 

Equipment and Tools

Fire Forecasting

Interagency Wildland Fire Chemicals Policy & Guidance

Land Rehabilitation and Restoration

Managing Fire

Wildland Fire Vehicles


  • Safety

Risk Management and Firefighter Safety and Health

 

 

 

 

 

eMedical

Risk Management 

Training

Work Capacity Test (WCT)


 

https://www.fs.usda.gov/managing-land/fire