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Greening Fire Team - Sustainability and Fire

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Greening Fire in Central Washington

New Efforts are in Place to Reduce Plastic Waste at Fire Camps


Hose2Habitat is a program to repurpose broken fire hose to be used in animal sanctuaries and zoos.

The repurpose of expired or broken fire hose transformed into enriching wildlife habitat in zoos and animal sanctuaries.


Antelope Fire Sorting Facility 2021. Courtesy photo by Hannah Johnson
Antelope Fire Recycling (2021)

On the Klamath National Forest, in northern California, a recycling program was implemented in fire camp to green fire. 


Vision: Achieving net zero environmental impact on all large fire incidents by 2030.

Mission: Integration of sustainability best management practices on incidents and within the fire community.

 Announcements and Webinars

  • The new and upcoming Greening Fire Team Ambassador Quarterly Call has just been announced for Thursday, September 14, 2023 from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. (Mountain Time). Welcome to all the new Ambassadors. On the agenda:
    • Results from the Greening Fire Pilot Program 2023
    • New Green Gear and Equipment possibilities
    • A Green Procurement Team update
    • A Communication Team update
    • Round Robin discussion
  • If you're interested in becoming a new GFT Ambassador or interested in helping GFT be successful, send an email to: Greening Fire Team 


  • The Forest Service Deputy Chief of State, Private, and Tribal Forestry issued the 2023 Leader’s Intent Memorandum to Regional Foresters and Station Directors, calling on line officers to implement sustainable operations in incident management.


  • The National Greening Fire Team was honored on Tuesday, March 14, 2023 receiving the U.S. Forest Service 2022 Chief's Award in the Sustain Our Nation's Forests and Grasslands category. Awards in this category recognize major achievements in developing new programs or working with partners in restoring, sustaining, or enhancing the Nation’s forests and grasslands. The award ceremony video includes an acceptance speech by GFT Chairperson Kelly Jaramillo with members of the National Greening Fire Team also honored in the award ceremony program.


Over 266 participants joined the Greening Fire Team during its 2nd Annual Green Procurement Virtual Tech Expo, on 7-8 March 2023. The Green Fire Team would like to thank everyone who participated!

In case you missed it, all the presentations were recorded and will be available soon in the GFT Library

Also, please check out the new Greening Fire with Green Vendors page.


In Case You Missed It

Explore the December 2022 Semi-Annual Bulletin from the National Greening Fire Team

  • Stay tuned for the next Semi-Annual Bulletin currently in production

The Greening Fire Team


Reducing Waste

Drop off containers


Net Zero Energy and Emissions

Power and light in fire camps often come from diesel generators. Green alternatives provide reliable mobile power with reducing fuel, emissions, and noise.

"A Solar Powered Light Tower and Power Station from the Black Fire in New Mexico 2022".

Photo: A Solar Powered Light Tower and Power Station from the Black Fire in New Mexico 2022.

Water Conservation

Opportunities exist to reduce the water footprint tied to fire camp operations, while also reducing single-use plastic bottle waste.

Green Vendors and Partners

If you are interested in providing green products or services in support of wildland fire operations, please provide your information in our GFT Green Procurement market research survey.

  • The GFT will host its second annual Green Procurement Tech Expo in early March 2023. If you are interested in participating, please email the GFT.
  • The GFT email address is listed at the bottom of this page.


Sustainable Leadership and Policy



The GFT Library contains team bulletins, webinar recordings, marketing and promotional materials, news articles, and myth busters/fast facts.

Success Stories

Learn about past lessons learned and success stories, as well as promising partnership opportunities.

Why We Green Fire

Learn how the "Red Book", the national Multi-Agency Coordinating Group and fire and aviation leaders call on incident and fire personnel to promote greening fire efforts.


Contact Us

Do you have questions, ideas, or simply want more information?

If so, contact the GFT at: Greening Fire Team