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Northern Rockies Dispatch Zones and Contacts

Bureau of Indian Affairs Dispatch - See Billings Dispatch Center  (BDC) for more information. Bureau of Indian Affairs dispatch Center - See Great Falls Center (GDC) for more information. Bureau of Indian Affairs Dispatch - see Great Falls Dispatch Center (GDC) information. Bureau of Indian Affairs Dispatch - see Great Falls Dispatch Center (GDC).. Link to Kalispell Interagency Dispatch Center (KIC) information. Link to more Kootenai Interaagency Dispatch Center (KDC) information. Link to more Coeur d'Alene Interagency Dispatch Center (CDC) information. Link to more Clearwater/Nez Perce Dispatch Center (GVC) information. Link to more Missoula Dispatch Center (MDC) information. Link to more Bitterroot Dispatch Center (BRC) information. Link to more Dillon Interagency Dispatch Center (DDC) information. Link to more Great Falls Dispatch Center (GDC) information. Link to more Helena Interagency Dispatch Center (HDC) information. Link to more Bozeman Dispatch Center (BZC) information. Link to more Lewistown Interagency Dispatch Center (LEC) information. Link to more Billings Dispatch Center (BDC)  information. Link to more Miles City Dispatch Center (MCC) information. Link to more North Dakota Interagency Dispatch Center (NDC) information.

The above map illustrates the areas of the Northern Rockies Geographic Dispatch Zones for northern Idaho, Montana, and North Dakota. This zone is one of nine geographic areas within the United States which are divided further into dispatch zones so they can respond quickly to local fires and other emergencies.

Click on an area in the map above to see more information about each area in the Northern Rockies Geographic Zone. It will lead you to contact names, dates of inspections, and other related notes, affected counties, and web site link if applicable.

The Geographic Area map for the United States has additional details.


Dispatch Centers within the Northern Rockies Zone in Brief

Contractors should contact the closest Dispatch Center to their business to sign-up in one zone.
Names in blue with an underline have a website.
Scroll below for more detailed information on Dispatch Centers.

North Idaho Area

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Coeur d'Alene Interagency Dispatch Center (CDC)
3815 Schreiber Way
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83815
Phone: 208 772-3283 (24-hour)

Grangeville Interagency Dispatch Center (GVC)
104 Airport Road
Grangeville, Idaho 83530
Phone: 208-983-6800

Agencies Represented by the North Idaho Zone Counties in the Zone
Coeur d'Alene Tribe
Idaho Department of Lands
Forest Service:
• Idaho Panhandle NF
• Clearwater NF
• Nez Perce NF
Nez Perce Tribe
North Idaho Fire Chiefs
Bureau of Land Management
Benewah
Boundary
Bonner
Clearwater
Idaho
Latah
Lewis
Nez Perce
Shoshone

Northwest Montana Area

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Kalispell Interagency Dispatch Center (KIC)
650 Wolfpack Way
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: 406-758-5260
Kootenai Interagency Dispatch Center (KDC)
1101 US Hwy 2 W
Libby, Montana 59923
Phone: 406-293-6211
Agencies Represented in the Northwest Montana Zone Counties in the Zone
Flathead County Fire Council
Forest Service
• Flathead NF
• Kootenai NF
Lincoln County Fire Cooperative
Montana DNRC
• Northwestern Land Office
National Park Service
• Glacier NP
Lake County Fire Association
Sanders County Firefighters
Flathead
Lake
Lincoln
Sanders

Southwest Montana

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Missoula Interagency Dispatch Center (MDC)
1803 Strand
Missoula, Montana 59801
Phone: 406-829-7070

Bitterroot Dispatch Center (BRC)
1801 N. First
Hamilton, MT 59840
Phone: 406-363-7133

Agencies Represented in the Southwest Montana Zone
Counties in the Zone
Bureau of Indian Affairs
• Flathead Agency
Bureau of Land Management
• Missoula Field Office
Forest Service
• Lolo NF
• Bitterroot NF
Montana DNRC
• Southwestern Land Office
• Plains Unit, NW Land Office
Montana County Fire wardens
Deer Lodge
Granite
Mineral
Missoula
Powell
Ravalli
Silver Bow

Central Montana Area

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Dillon Interagency Dispatch Center (DDC)
420 Barrett St.
Dillon, MT
Phone: 406-683-3975 (24-hour)

Great Falls Interagency Dispatch Center (GDC)
1101 15th St. North
Great Falls, MT
Phone: 406 731-5300

Helena Interagency Dispatch Center (HDC)
2880 Skyway Drive
Helena, Montana 59601
Phone: 406-449-5475

Agencies Represented in the Central Montana Zone
Counties in the Zone
Bureau of Land Management
• Butte District
• Great Falls Resource Area
• Lewistown Field Office
• Dillon Field Office
Bureau of Indian Affairs
• Blackfeet Agency
• Fort Belknap Agency
• Rocky Boy Agency
Fish and Wildlife Service
• Red Rock National Wildlife
Refuge
• Benton Lake National Wildlife
Refuge
Forest Service
• Helena NF
• Beaverhead/Deerlodge NF
• Lewis and Clark NF
Helena City Fire Department
Montana DNRC, Central Land
Office
• Helena Unit
• Dillon Unit
• Conrad Unit
National Park Service
• Big Hole Battlefield
• Grant-Kohrs Ranch
Beaverhead
Broadwater
Cascade
Glacier
Jefferson
Lewis and Clark
Madison
Meagher
Ponderosa
Teton
Toole

South Central Montana Area

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Bozeman Interagency Dispatch Center (BZC)
10 E. Babcock, Box 130
Bozeman, MT 59771
Phone: 406-587-6719
Agencies Represented by the South Central Montana Zone Counties in the Zone
Bureau of Land Management
Forest Service
• Gallatin NF
• Custer NF (Beartooth RD)
Montana DNRC
National Park Service
• Yellowstone NP

Carbon
Gallatin
Madison
Meagher
Park
Sweetgrass

NOTE: all but Gallatin and
Park overlap into other
zones

Eastern Montana Area

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Billings Interagency Dispatch Center (BDC)
Coordinator: Bureau of Land Management
1299 Rimtop Drive
Billings, Montana 59105
Phone: 406-896-2900

Lewistown Interagency Dispatch Center (LEC)
303 E. Aztec Dr.
Lewistown, MT 59457
Phone: 406-538-1072 (24-hour)

Miles City Interagency Dispatch Center (MCC)
111 Garryowen Road
MIles City, MT 59301
Phone: 406-233-2900
Call BLM at 406-233-2829 for last minute sign-up.

Agencies Represented in the Eastern Montana Zone
Counties in the Zone
Bureau of Indian Affairs
• Crow Agency
• Northern Cheyenne Agency
• Fort Peck Agency
Bureau of Land Management
• Miles City Field Office
• Lewistown Field Office
• Dakotas
Fish and Wildlife Service
• C.M. Russell Refuge
Forest Service
• Custer NF
Montana DNRC
• Eastern Land Office (Miles
City)
• Southern Land Office (Billings)
• Northeastern Land Office
(Lewistown)
Blaine
Carbon
Carter
Custer
Daniels
Dawson
Fallon
Fergus
Garfield
Golden Valley
Hill
McCone
Musselshell
Petroleum
Phillips
Powder River
Prairie
Richland
Roosevelt
Rosebud
Sheridan
Stillwater
Sweet Grass
Treasure
Valley
Wheatland
Yellowstone
North Dakota Area

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North Dakota Interagency Dispatch Center (NDC)
3425 Miriam Avenue
Bismarck , North Dakota 58501
Phone: 701-333-0260

Agencies Represented Counties in the Zone
Army Corps of Engineers
Bureau of Indian Affairs
• Fort Berthold Agency, Three
Affiliated Tribes
• Fort Totten Agency, Devils
Lake Sioux Tribe
• Turtle Mountain Agency
Bureau of Land Management
• Dickinson District
Bureau of Reclamation
Fish and Wildlife Service
• Arrowwood NWR
• Audubon NWR
• Des Lacs NWR
• Devils Lake WMD
• J. Clark Salyer NWR
• Kulm WMD
• Long Lake NWR
• Tewaukon NWR
• Upper Souris NWR
Forest Service
• Dakota Prairie Grasslands
National Park Service
• Fort Union Trading Post NHS
• KnifeRiver Indian Villages NHS
• Theodore Roosevelt NP
North Dakota Forest Service
ND Firefighter's Association
52 of the 53 counties in
North Dakota. Sioux
County and the Standing
Rock Agency go through
Custer Dispatch in South
Dakota
 

Graphic of the Geographic Area Zones in the United States.

So when you hear someone talk about zones, they mean the Geographic Area Coordination Center (GACC) zones. Operations are coordinated by the Interagency Coordination Groups. In the Northern Rockies, this group is called the Northern Rockies Coordination Group (NRCG).

In some areas local Tribal Councils, as well as the lead agency or interagency group, will also contract for equipment. There might also be opportunities through the State and County as well.

A wildland fire is initially managed by the local agency that has fire protection responsibility for that area. Engines, ground crews, smokejumpers, helicopters with water buckets, and airtankers may all be used for initial suppression. Various local agencies may work together, sharing personnel and equipment, to fight new fires and those that escape initial action.

If a wildland fire grows to the point where local personnel and equipment are not enough, the responsible agency contacts the Geographic Area Coordination Center (GACC) for help. The GACC will locate and dispatch additional firefighters and support personnel throughout the geographic area.

When geographic area coordination centers can no longer meet the requests because they are supporting multiple incidents, or when centers are competing for resources, the request for equipment and supplies are referred to the National Interagency Coordination Center (NICC), at Boise, Idaho.

 

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