New airtanker base will serve 600-mile radius, protecting multiple states

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A new airtanker base, ramp area and seven reload pits are taking shape in Colorado Springs. The base will operate six reload pits for large airtankers and one reload pit dedicated to very large airtankers. Fifteen states, in four Forest Service regions, will be within the 600-mile service area. Read more about this new facility.

USDA Forest Service and Western Area Power Administration working together to reduce wildfire threat and prevent outages

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The Forest Service has issued new transmission line permits to the United States Department of Energy’s Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) to reduce the threat of wildfire ignitions from transmission lines while minimizing the potential for power outages. Learn More.

Join the U.S. Forest Service!

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The USDA Forest Service’s Rocky Mountain Region is hosting a Fall Fire Hire event to fill approximately 100 wildland fire jobs including Engine, Hotshot, Helitack, Handcrew and Fuels positions. The hiring process will be expedited using Direct Hire Authority with vacancies filled in the fall of 2021. All who are interested in pursuing an exciting and fulfilling career in wildland fire management are encouraged to apply. Read the news release.

Wildfire Smoke & Your Health

Wildfire smoke & your health (smoke map of the United States)

Smoke from wildfires in the western United States continues to move across national forests and grasslands in Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wyoming. Visit the Fire and Smoke Map for fire locations, smoke plumes, and air quality information so you can protect yourself and your family from wildfire smoke.

Know Before You Go

Your national forests and grasslands provide a natural arena for a wide variety of fun and exciting outdoor activities. Some sites require a modest recreation fee to help provide the services and facilities at the site. To help you get the most of our your experience, read these helpful tips.

Be Cool & Stay Cool

Maps: Find national forest & grassland maps 

Alerts by forest: View Alerts notifications by national forests and grasslands throughout the Rocky Mountain Region.

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Great American Outdoor Act

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The USDA Forest Service is moving forward with implementation of the Great American Outdoors Act, which will enable federal land managers to take aggressive steps to address deferred maintenance and other infrastructure projects on national forests and grasslands through 2025.

Shared Stewardship Across the Rocky Mountain Region

Shared Stewardship is a way of doing business and approaching landscape needs to manage these problems. How? Through better coordination and collaboration by all those affected, including people like you! Shared Stewardship brings together national, regional, state, tribal and local players to plan together, prioritize together and act together. Track our projects and programs across Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming.!ut/p/z1/04_Sj9CPykssy0xPLMnMz0vMAfIjo8zijQwgwNHCwN_DI8zPwBcqYKAfDlZggAM4GuhHEaMfj4Io_MaH60dhtSLMB2ECITO89KPSc_KTIN51zEsytkjXjypKTUstSi3SKy0CCmeUlBQUW6kaqBqUl5frpefnp-ek6iXn56oaYNOSkV9coh-BqlK_IDc0wiDLNKfMx1ERAMzc-30!/dz/d5/L2dBISEvZ0FBIS9nQSEh/?position=BROWSEBYSUBJECT&pname=Region%202-%20Home&navtype=BROWSEBYSUBJECT&ss=1102&pnavid=null&navid=091000000000000&ttype=main&cid=null