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Wildland Fire

Paul Stevko burns out a portion of the fireline during a wildfire at Florida Panther NWR in 2009

Credit: USFWS

Wildland Fire

The US Fish and Wildlife Service firefighters provide wildfire protection for refuges, fish hatcheries and local communities, by supressing or managing wildland fires. USFWS firefighters are highly trained and skilled individuals that respond to wildland fires all over the United States either as members of incident response teams which help manage larger wildfires or as individuals who assist with wildland fires in varied roles.

Firefighters are trained to meet or exceed national standards established by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) that emphasizes firefighter and public safety. Training and on the job learning are fundamental in maintaining a safe and skilled fire organization. Throughout the US Fish and Wildlife Service support for training opportunities is emphasized.

Wildland Fire in the Southeast:

In the last 10 years the southeast region of the USFWS has averaged over 200 wildfires a year that burn around 73,000 acres.

The Southern Area averages over 20,000 wildfires a year which on average burn nearly a half million acres. SACC Year to Date Fire Stats

 

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Last updated: April 29, 2013