USA and Mexico share skills and good practices to fight wildfires

By Katie Moulton, Forest Service International Programs
US Department of Agriculture
December 7, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

“Morale instantly lifted on the line.” That’s how fire crew lead Renee Jack describes the impact of having 100 Mexican firefighters join her and her U.S. team on a wildland fire suppression line in the Sequoia National Forest in California in 2020. The morale-lifting collaboration was 25 years in the making. The U.S. and Mexico celebrate their 200th year of diplomatic relations in 2022, a neighborly relationship that has brought many mutual benefits over the years. For the past 25 years the two countries have cooperated in wildfire information sharing and management. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service and the National Forest Commission of Mexico share similar wildland fire challenges and have benefited from each other’s knowledge and experience. The collaboration has been made easier because of a shared approach to managing wildland fires, called the Incident Command System.

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