Clear definitions and alignment of responsibilities between all wildland fire protection
entities needs to exist. Under the direction of WiFLC, a small cadre of government
entities with statutory wildland fire protection responsibilities gathered in Emmitsburg,
MD in early October, 2008 to help clarify wildland fire management expectations and
responsibilities for the Interface.
This paper is intended to clarify new direction and expectations for wildland fire
protection agencies (Federal, State, and Local). It is meant to initiate dialogue and
action, while reducing the tensions being experienced during preparedness and
suppression operations, cost-sharing negotiations and reimbursements. This is the first
document to address expectations and responsibilities in preparedness and suppression.
Additional papers will be developed to address hazardous fuels reduction, rehabilitation
of forest and rangelands, and community capacity building.
ALL wildland fire protection entities are encouraged to conduct a collaborative review
and mutually agree upon current jurisdictional expectations and responsibilities prior to
the beginning of this fire season. Discussions should seek to clarify tactical measures
including operational strategies which will keep fire on their own jurisdiction and outline
mutually developed cost-share expectations for all areas of response. This overall effort
will greatly improve our ability to achieve coordinated and efficient fire prevention
education, hazard mitigation and suppression operations.