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Glossary of Wildland Fire Terminology


PMS 205

October 2014

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A new version of the Glossary of Wildland Fire Terminology has been published!

The October 2014 version includes 18 new terms and definitions and 23 updated definitions. In addition six (6) terms and definitions have been dropped. Please refer to the following document for a summary of the changes: Summary of Changes to the Glossary of Wildland Fire Terminology (October 2014)

This glossary provides the wildland fire communities a single source for wildland fire and incident management terminology commonly used by the NWCG and its subgroups.

One of the NWCG goals is to standardize terms and definitions within the NWCG community. To support this goal, NWCG is directing that all NWCG products that contain terms and definitions found in the Glossary of Wildland Fire Terminology (PMS 205) be based on this Glossary for the purpose of maintaining definition consistency and clarity among documents.

Comments should be emailed to the Data Standards and Terminology Subcommittee at BLM_FA_NWCG_Glossary@blm.gov