Wildland Fire Protection Program
The Nevada Division of Forestry provides wildfire protection statewide through its Wildland Fire Protection Program (WFPP), which was approved by the Nevada State Legislature in 2013. The program was developed to defend the people and lands of Nevada against wildland fire through collaborative and comprehensive use of fire suppression, prevention and restoration resources available through the state. It works to address current challenges facing federal, state, and local governments which include fighting year-round wildland fires, escalating fire suppression costs, cheatgrass and other invasive species, expanding Wildland Urban Interfaces, scattered capabilities and jurisdictions, tight budgets, and declining federal resources and cost shifting.
The Wildland Fire Protection Program allows the State to provide financial assistance with wildland fire costs, increased suppression resources and coordination, incident management assistance, and technical expertise to participating fire protection districts during a wildfire. The Division also operates under cooperative agreements with federal agencies and other states.
The Division maintains an air operations program which also includes access to Nevada National Guard helicopters, statewide dispatch and radio systems, wildland fire engines, crews and equipment, trained firefighting inmate conservation crews and experienced wildland firefighting personnel and leadership to ensure safe and aggressive fire suppression. The Division also assists local government with response and recovery efforts for natural disasters.