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The Fire Management Working Group is a forum for exchanging experience and technology for the protection and control of forest fires; for cooperation among the three NAFC countries to develop strategies and actions to solve technical and management problems; and to actively participate with international agencies to conduct and promote activities that will foster world-wide cooperation and development.

Fire management in our forests and grasslands is a problem of international proportions. Ecosystems and fires do not recognize international boundaries. Fire that is a threat to one nation's forest resources is equally a threat to its neighbor.

The world has long recognized the need to protect our homes, fields, forests, and watersheds because they provide our homes, food, jobs, and recreation. Forestry research is also teaching us the value of the forests and grasslands as ecosystems that are vital to the health and well being of everyone.

The Fire Management Working Group was established in 1962. The current charter was ratified at the November 2012 meeting. There have been 39 meetings that have rotated annually between the three member countries.


  • Exchange experiences and technological advances regarding prevention, wildland fire management and fire use.
  • Provide mutual aid and technical exchanges between, Canada, Mexico and the United States in the development of strategy and appropriate actions to resolve technical problems of the North American region.
  • Actively support and participate in international fire management programs with fire management agencies throughout the world by developing and promoting activities that support international cooperation and development.

For a complete look at the charter, click here.


Mexico Canada USA

Alfredo Nolasco Morales
Gerente de Proteccion contra Incendios Forestales

Dr. Diego Pérez Salicrup
Fire Management National Research Network

Juan Manuel Frausto
Coordinator of Forest Fire Prevention and Restoration Projects
Mexican Nature Conservation Fund

Francisco Javier González Medina
Subdirector de Proyectos estratégicos
Comisión Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas

Mike Wotton
Canadian Forest Service
Natural Resources Canada

Kim Connors
Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre

Julie Fortin
Province of Quebec

Shawna Legarza
Fire and Aviation Management
US Forest Service

Gordon Sachs
Fire and Aviation Management
US Forest Service

Isidoro Solis
Region 5
US Forest Service

Matt Jolly
Fire Sciences Laboratory

Past Activities

Read about what the Fire Management Working Group has accomplished over the past 30 years.

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Fire Management Working Group Awards

  • The Distinguished Service Award: To recognize persons who have made an outstanding and/or long term contribution to international forest fire management that has resulted or should result in facilitating significant progress towards completion or major forest fire management initiatives of international significance.
  • Superior International Award or Exemplary Service Award: To recognize superior (or exemplary) fire management achievements by individuals or organizations in the area of training, research, policy, prevention, education, or equipment development.
  • Fire Management Working Group Merit Award: To recognize outstanding forest fire management initiatives which support the goals of the NAFC FMWG.
  • List of Awardees

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