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
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
- Engine Crews
- Helitack Crews & Emergency Medical Short-Haul
- People Working in Fire
Wildland Fire Resources
Aerial Firefighting Use and Effectiveness (AFUE)
Aviation Safety Management Systems
Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)
U.S. Forest Service & Interagency Aviation Publications
Community Wildfire Defense Grant
Federal Wildfire Grant Resources
Community Mitigation Assistance Team (CMAT)
Fire Adapted Communities (FAC)
Official Smokey Bear Licensees and Products
Excess Personal Property & Firefighter Property Program
Interagency Fire Program Management Standard (IFPM)
Interagency Wildland Fire Chemicals Policy & Guidance
Land Rehabilitation and Restoration