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Defense Support for Civil Authorities

When asked about DoD Wildland Fire, most people think of military helicopters, aircraft, and personnel fighting fires across the Western U.S. These operations are provided through Defense Support for Civil Authorities (DSCA), where military assets are used to support emergencies outside of a military installation when there are no other resources available. Large wildfires are managed by federal Incident Management Teams (IMT). These IMTs request military support through the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC). NIFC coordinates this support through U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM). The most common military assets provided to federally managed wildfires are battalions providing ground support, C-130 aircraft outfitted with Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFS) supplied by the US Forest Service, and aerial reconnaissance support. For more information on DSCA wildland fire support visit:

Wildland Fire Partnerships

DoD collaborates and partners with multiple local, state, federal, and tribal organizations and agencies to ensure the success of the wildland fire mission inside and outside installation boundaries.

Interagency Collaboration:

Wildland Fire Leadership Council

Wildland Fire Leadership Council (

National Wildfire Coordinating Group

NWCG | NWCG is an operational group designed to coordinate programs of the participating wildfire management agencies.

National Interagency Fire Center

Welcome to the Nation’s Logistical Support Center | National Interagency Fire Center (

Wildland Fire Mitigation and Management Commission, Wildfire Resilience Interagency Working Group

Wildland Fire Mitigation and Management Commission | USDA

National Invasive Species Council (NISC)

National Invasive Species Council | U.S. Department of the Interior (

DoD Wildland Fire Science Initiative

Recognizing the threats posed by climate change and wildfires, DoD, through its environmental research programs, the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) and the Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP), has become a national leader in wildland fire research through the establishment and funding of the โ€œDoD Wildland Fire Science Initiative.โ€ Through the current suite of SERDP and ESTCP research projects, the DoD has also become a recognized leader in co-production of management-relevant science between fire managers and researchers with a focus on next-generation fire behavior and smoke dispersion models.

Wildland Fires (