Glossary of Wildland Fire Terminology

October 2015


The October 2015 published glossary includes six new terms and definitions, four updated definitions and one term and definition has been removed from the glossary.

The changes are:

  • Six new terms and definitions
    • Fire Shelter Deployment Site
    • Jurisdictional Unit
    • Landowner
    • Protecting Unit
    • Responding Unit
  • Four updated definitions
    • Burned Area Rehabilitation
    • Preparedness Level
    • Fire Shelter
    • Fire Shelter Deployment
  • One term and definition removed
    • Deployment Zone

Definition Extension: An example, further explanation, or usage guidance in support of the definition.

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 be based on this Glossary for the purpose of maintaining definition consistency and clarity among documents.

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Feb 2016