All Federal Agencies are required to document decisions on wildfires
that escaped initial attack in the Wildland Fire Decision Support
System (WFDSS). Additionally, Federal agencies may also be required
to publish decisions in WFDSS for other types of wildfires (reference
current agency policy for wildfires that require published WFDSS
Decisions). The States of Idaho and Montana use other tools to analyze
and document their decisions, i.e. Montana uses the Incident Situation
Assessment process and Idaho uses the Wildland Fire Situation Analysis
or WFDSS, depending on the zone.
In 2010, the Northern Rockies Coordinating Group (NRCG) issued
guidelines for decision documentation to eliminate conflicting direction
to incident management teams, emphasizing the importance of full
engagement of all agencies in the development and communication
of the strategic planning process. See NRCG
2010 Guidelines for Wildland Fire Decision Documentation for
more detailed information.
1. Each agency will decide which document they will use.
2. This should be documented in local operating plans.
3. In the event of a multi-jurisdiction incident, agencies will
identify which documents will convey their final management decision.
4. The Delegation of Authority will incorporate these planning documents
and will clearly communicate the intent of the leader(s). The Delegation
of Authority will be signed by all agencies.
For support needs that cannot be met at the local level, the Unit's
first point of contact is their Agency Point of Contact (POC) listed
below. For the federal agencies, if an Agency POC is not available,
contact one of the other listed federal POCs. For the state agencies,
for WFDSS support or role requests, contact a federal POC.
WFDSS needs that can be supported include software assistance,
decision documentation, fire behavior analysis, and role/privilege/ownership
assignments. Outside of fire season, assignment of roles, privileges,
and incident ownership should be reserved to each respective Agency
POC but, during incidents, other Agency POCs can assign roles.
At Geographic Area Preparedness Levels 4 and 5, the Agency POCs
will coordinate workload, i.e. prioritize the assignment of Analyst-assisted
Fire Behavior runs (GA Editors will have lists of Fire Behavior
Specialists), and assist any Geographic Area MAC Group to summarize
and display decision support products.