Wildland Fire Management

Aviation Services for Wildfire Management

NDF helicopter flying over Lake Tahoe.

The Nevada Division of Forestry (NDF) utilizes two Huey helicopters and an Eagle Conversion helicopter and the associated Helitack staff to assist in wildfire suppression missions. NDF’s aviation assets and staff are based at the Minden-Tahoe Airport, where they are readily available to respond to wildfire suppression needs across the state. The daily Initial Attack crew consists of a Pilot, Helitack Manager, Lead Crewman, and seasonal fire fighters. Crews are comprised of pilots and firefighters who are trained in both helicopter operations and wildland fire fighting tactics. Aircraft maintenance is provided onsite by NDF employees who are FAA licensed A&P/IA technicians.

Highlighted Projects

Northern Region
Ruby Lake Estates Project
In partnership with the United States Forest Service, Conservation Crews from Wells and Carlin began work on the Ruby Lake Estates project in October of 2020. Located on the Southeast side of the Ruby Mountains...
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Southern Region
Pinyon-Juniper Encroachment Project
This project improved sagebrush habitat and riparian health on approximately 300 acres by reducing the impact of encroaching conifers on sagebrush ecosystems...
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NV Energy-SB 508 Initiative
This initiative will fund wildfire fuel reduction, wildfire suppression resources, and restoration/rehabilitation treatments across Nevada within or adjacent to NV Energy Service Areas...
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