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Wallow Fire. Apache-Sitgreaves NF. June 8, 2011. A sky crane swoops low over the fire. (US Forest Service photo)


The Forest Service uses many assets in the air to manage fire on the ground -- from Very Large Air Tankers to small helicopters and light planes. These aircraft drop retardant, scoop water for fire suppression, transport hand crews, and spot fires.





Burned Area Emergency Response after the Wallow Fire on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. 2011 Feller Buncher removing hazard trees   (US Forest Service photo)

Burned Area Emergency Response  

There are three phases of rehabilitation following wildfires on federal lands: (1) Fire Suppression Repair (2) Emergency Stabilization-Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) and (3) Long-Term Recovery and Restoration. While many wildfires cause little damage to the land and pose few threats to fish, wildlife and people downstream, some fires create situations that require special efforts to prevent further catastrophic damage after the fire.





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Fire Mapping 

The near real-time fire products provided by the Active Fire Mapping program provide critical, timely and comprehensive fire data and information and are highly integrated into the daily fire management business of the interagency fire community. 





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National Interagency Fire Center 

The nation's support center for wildland firefighting is located in Boise, Idaho. Overall information about fires across the county are found here. 






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Predictive Services 
Integrates weather, fire danger and resource information for the best use of resources by fire managers well as providing daily, weekly and monthly fire weather/fire danger outlooks.








Partners help in a fuels reduction project on the Kaibab National Forest in Arizona. (US Forest Service photo)


We use the talents and efforts of our partners to suppress fires and to help reduce fuels on the ground. With many jurisdictions in the country susceptible to wildland fire, cooperative agreements outline how the Forest Service will respond in providing mutual aid and cost effective fire protection for public lands and surrounding communities, especially those in the wildland/urban interface.





Wildland firefighters dig a fireline during training. (U.S. Forest Service photo)


Fire management programs and techniques are constantly changing, changing in response to new science, changes in public policy, advances in technology, and safety and fire prevention lessons learned. The Forest Service is keeping up with new developments in tools, technology, science, and safety.


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Last modified September 13, 2013

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