National Interagency Fire Center Law and Legal Definition

The National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) is the U.S.’s support center for wildland firefighting. It is located in Boise, Idaho. Eight different agencies and organizations are part of the NIFC. The NIFC does not have a single manager or director, the NIFC decisions are made using the interagency cooperation concept.

The Boise Interagency Fire Center (BIFC), created in 1965, is the predecessor of the NIFC. The The US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and National Weather Service saw the need to work together to reduce the duplication of services, cut costs, and coordinate national fire planning and operations, and for this purpose they established the BIFC. The National Park Service and Bureau of Indian Affairs joined BIFC in the mid 1970s. The US Fish and Wildlife Service later joined in 1979. Finally, in 1993, the Boise Interagency Fire Center was renamed as the National Interagency Fire Center to more accurately reflect its national mission.