Nevada Governor, State Forester Meet about Summer Fire Season

At the annual Governor Wildland Fire Briefing, Nevada fire officials met with the governor to plan for the upcoming summer fire season. It's one they expect to be especially bad this year. 

So firefighters are gearing up and feel confident that they're prepared with enough personnel and equipment this season. But they also want you to be ready for fire danger this summer. 

Meet this Year's Wildfire Emergency Medical Service Award Winners

The National Wildfire Coordinating Group has announced the recipients for the 2015 Wildfire Emergency Medical Service Awards.

The annual awards program, sponsored by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group’s Incident Emergency Medical Subcommittee (IEMS), recognizes and honors individuals and/or organizations who have demonstrated outstanding work, actions or programs in emergency medical service for our Nation’s wildland firefighters.

State Foresters Host Congressional Briefings about Forest Action Plans

Members of the National Association of State Foresters’ executive committee held Congressional briefings on May 4 to introduce decision makers to state Forest Action Plans and convey the importance of consulting these important documents when making forest management decisions. In attendance were key staff members from the House and Senate Agriculture Committees and member offices, USDA Forest Service staff, and regional state forestry association staff.

Arson Awareness Week Kicks Off Sunday

The United States Fire Administration (USFA) announced the 2016 theme for Arson Awareness Week: Prevent Wildfire Arson—Spread the Facts Not the Fire. 

USFA and its partners will use the week of May 1 – 7 to focus attention on wildfire arson, particularly in the wildland-urban interface.

USFA is partnering this year with several groups including NASF, the USDA Forest Service (USFS), National Wildfire Coordination Group, National Fire Protection Association and several more leaders in the fire community.

Forecasting Human-Ignited WIldfires

Fires set by people are a real problem for wildland fire managers on all types of land ownerships, including tribal lands. Because they usually occur closer to valued property and resources, human-set fires also tend to be more damaging than fires ignited naturally. Human-ignited wildfires fall into two categories – incendiary, or intentionally set fires, and those started accidentally.


Four Arkansas Forestry Commission (AFC) wildland firefighters and three dozers were sent to Oklahoma to assist crews with wildfire suppression at the 350 Complex Incident near Woodward last week. The wildfire has burned over 57,000 acres, and is 90% contained, according to the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry. Crews from Alabama, Louisiana, Kentucky, Georgia, Texas and Tennessee are also assisting.

Texas A&M Forest Service employee honored nationally for fire prevention

Texas A&M Forest Service Firewise Coordinator Nick Harrison received the 2015 USDA Forest Service Robert E. Browning Jr. Award for his efforts in wildfire prevention.

The award is in memory of Browning, a southern wildland firefighter who gave his life battling the South Canyon Fire in Colorado in 1994. The award goes to those who have gone beyond the call of duty in the 13-state Southern Region that spans from Virginia to Texas.