Fire Management

Engine 58 Crew

The San Diego NWR Complex manages fire to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats while protecting its facilities and surrounding communities. Fire management is integrated into the Refuge's land management program.

The Southern California Fire Management Zone 

The Southern California Fire Management Zone is headquartered out of the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge Complex in Jamul, California. The Zone provides fire management services to the Blue Ridge, Bitter Creek, Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes, Hopper Mountain, Seal Beach, Coachella Valley, Sonny Bono Salton Sea, San Diego Bay, San Diego and Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuges.   

 Click here to visit our Regional page. 

Our Fire Management Plan 

This document establishes guidelines for the Fire Management Program on the San Diego NWR Complex.  The San Diego NWR Complex includes Tijuana Slough NWR, San Diego Bay NWR, San Diego NWR, Seal Beach NWR, and the Del Mar Mesa Vernal Pools Management Unit. 

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Training and Hiring  

If you want to work for the San Diego NWR Complex Fire Team, please contact us directly.   

For more on what to expect as a wildland firefighter, read more here. 


Contact Us


For more information about the Fire Management Program, please contact the Fire Management Officer at (619) 713-2201 or the San Diego NWR Manager at (619) 468-9245. 




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Application deadlines are generally in early May for that year's hunt. Applications are available online at the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation (ODWC) web site.

To apply, visit the application web site. Closely follow the directions, as any discrepancy will disqualify you. Names go into a drawing and the lucky few are chosen. Usually, several thousand applicants (approximately 30,000 for the elk hunt alone) vie for very few slots, so the competition is tough. Non-residents of Oklahoma will have to purchase a state hunting license prior to filing an application.

More information on applying 


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