The National Wildfire Coordinating Group

The National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) provides national leadership to develop, maintain, and communicate interagency standards, guidelines, qualifications, training, and other capabilities that enable interoperable operations among federal and non-federal entities.
Although NWCG standards are interagency by design, the decision to adopt and utilize them is made independently by the individual member entities and communicated through their respective directives systems.
Bureau of Indian Affairs (U.S. Department of the Interior)
Bureau of Land Management (U.S. Department of the Interior)
Fish and Wildlife Service (U.S. Department of the Interior)
Forest Service (U.S. Department of Agriculture)
International Association of Fire Chiefs
Intertribal Timber Council
National Association of State Foresters
National Park Service (U.S. Department of the Interior)
United States Fire Administration (Federal Emergency Management Agency)

Strategic Priorities
  • Develop, distribute, and support wildland fire operations standards for adoption and use by the NWCG member entities.
  • Establish and maintain a comprehensive training curriculum in support of the standards.
  • Develop standards with the intent of universal adoption and minimal agency-specific variation, but recognize the autonomy of the NWCG member entities.
  • Support the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy goals: to restore and maintain resilient landscapes, create fire adapted communities, and respond to wildfires safely and effectively.
  • Ensure that all NWCG activities contribute to safe, effective, and coordinated national interagency wildland fire operations.

NWCG Executive Board Correspondence