Oregon/Washington Fire and Aviation Management

Wildland Fire in the Pacific Northwest

Since 1995, the BLM has been integrated with the USDA Forest Service for fire and aviation management. Here in the Pacific Northwest, our fire program is managed cooperatively between the two agencies and in close collaboration with the Pacific Northwest Wildfire Coordinating Group, an interagency group including the five federal wildland fire agencies, two state forestry agencies, and two state fire marshal associations. The interagency jurisdiction covers both Oregon and Washington and includes 10 BLM districts, 19 National Forests, and the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area. By working cooperatively, the agencies can administer fire, fuels and aviation programs in a manner that eliminates duplication, increases program efficiency, and capitalizes on the expertise of each agency's personnel.

Northwest Coordination Center

The Northwest Interagency Coordination Center serves as the northwest area's geographic focal point to provide logistical support and intelligence relative to anticipated and ongoing wildfire activity for all federal and cooperating state wildland fire suppression agencies.  During the summer months find up to date information and maps on the status of wildland fires in the Pacific Northwest.

National Interagency Fire Center

The National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) in Boise, Idaho is the nation’s support center for wildland firefighting. Eight different agencies and organizations are part of NIFC. Decisions are made using the interagency cooperation concept because NIFC has no single director or manager.

Local Fire Centers

There are a number of localized fire centers throughout the Pacific Northwest.  The local fire centers work collaboratively with other Federal agencies and state and local governments to facilitate fire suppression and fire management activities.  Many of these centers are also home to several National Resources such as smokejumpers, two hotshot crews, and several airtankers, as well as several Regional Resources such as rappelers and helicopters.