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As the nation’s wildland firefighting support center and the hub for wildland fi…

2020-07-27 22:17:33

As the nation’s wildland firefighting support center and the hub for wildland fire suppression and mitigation efforts worldwide, the National Interagency Fire Center, or NIFC, has long been a part of the fabric of Boise, Idaho. Although the actual year of NIFC’s inception has been long debated, with records dating back as far as the 1950’s, the center became operational in 1969 and formally dedicated on July 25, 1970.
In an effort to reduce duplication of fire services, cut costs and coordinate national fire planning and operations the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management Fire and Aviation, and U.S. National Weather Service (NWS) joined together and formed what was originally titled the Boise Interagency Fire Center, or BIFC, but the national scale of the missions and partners drove a change of title in 1993, bringing us what we now know as NIFC. In the mid-1970s the National Park Service Fire and Aviation Management and BIA Forestry and Wildland Fire Management joined operations, followed in 1979 by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. As the complexity and national focus of wildland fire management began to expand, partners including the U.S. Fire Administration, National Association of State Foresters, and FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency joined the NIFC team in the early 2000s. NIFC also includes a U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) liaison, recognizing the importance of our partnership with both DoD and National Guard bureaus across the country. Learn more…


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