April 30, 2010 the NWCG released a memo - NWCG#024-2010
“Terminology Updates Resulting from
Release of the Guidance for the Implementation of Federal
Wildland Fire Management Policy (2009) ”
which discusses the need to be consistent in our language.
Memo #024-2010 provides clarification on terminology that
changed with the revised Guidance for Implementation Federal
Wildland Fire Management Policy.
NWCG Memo #024-2010
Another memo was released on July 8, 2010 – NWCG#030-2010
“Additional Guidance for Communicating
about Managing Wildland Fire in light of Changes in Policy
Guidance and Terminology” that offers
additional guidance on how we talk about fire. Essentially
the most effective way for us to communicate about fire
with our cooperators, regulators, and the public is to
describe our actions by telling what we are doing operationally,
why we are taking these actions, and how these actions
affect firefighters, the public and the social, ecological,
and economic well-being of communities. Use plain language,
without jargon or technical terms, to tell the story.
Memo # 030-2010