National Wildfire Coordinating Group Law and Legal Definition

The National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) is an operational group that coordinates programs of the participating wildfire management agencies so as to avoid wasteful duplication and to provide a means of constructively working together. NWCGA includes representatives of the USDA Forest Service; the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM), National Park Service (NPS), Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), and the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS);and State forestry agencies through the National Association of State Foresters.

The NWCG was formed in the U.S. as a result of the aftermath of a major wildfire season in 1970. After a series of meetings in the early 1970s, the NWCG was officially chartered by the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture in 1976.

NWCG’s goal is to provide more effective execution of each agency’s fire management program. The group provides a formalized system to agree upon standards of training, equipment, qualifications, and other operational functions.

The following is an example of a state law (Pennsylvania) defining the term:

According to 32 P.S. § 425.4, "National Wildfire Coordinating Group" is an organization comprised of representatives from Federal and State Government agencies which has developed formal standards and programs addressing wildland fire, including training, equipment and operational requirements for the appropriate use of prescribed burns.