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BIA Wildland Fire Management Guidance Memos 

Posted documents are those that have been sent to "all regions."





Jan 23   Admin Emergency Firefighter - Casual Payment Center Webinar Training

Attachment 1: Save the Date Flyer

Attachment 2: Webinar Participant Instructions

Dec. 22  Operations  Adoption of Red Book and Due Dates for Reporting and Submissions  Attachment 1: Reporting Deadlines for 2017
Dec. 22 CPC Offering Casuals Federal Employee Health Benefits

Attachment 1: Conditional Offer of Federal Employee Health Benefits Form

Attachment 2: FEHB Fast Facts for Casuals

Dec. 06 OCFO  Notification of Unauthorized use of the Indian Affairs Federal Fleet Cards for BIA Owned Vehicles used by Non-Federal Employees  
Sept..21  Fuels Resilient Landscapes National Implementation Attachment 1: OWF Policy Memorandum 2016-012
Attachment 2: Announcement of the Fiscal Year 2017 Wildland Fire Resilient Landscapes Activities
July 21 Operations Selection of Nationally Sponsored Hand Crews and Crew Support  
May 25 Operations Solicitation of Nationally sponsored Hand Crews and Crew Support

Attachment 1 - Criteria for Crew Proposals
Attachment 2 - Crew Qualification & Equipment Standards
Attachment 3 - Standard Crew Composition Cost
Attachment 4 - Crew and Personnel Equipment Cost
Attachment 5 - Personnel Training Requirements

April 29 Administration DOI 2016 Administratively Determined Pay Plan for Emergency Workers and OWF Policy Memorandum 2016-04 for Casual Hire Travel Expense Reimbursement Waiver

Attachment 1 - 2016 DOI AD Pay Plan
Attachment 2 -
Secretary Waiver
Attachment 3 -
OWF Policy Memo - Casual Hire Travel Expense Reimbursement Waiver
Attachment 4 -
BWFM Travel Guidance
Attachment 5 -
Approving Official Batch Memo
Attachment 6 -
Casual AD Travel Reimbursement Process
Attachment 7 -
Travel Process and Worksheet

April 25 Administration Emergency Firefighters - Casual Payment Center Webinars Save the Date Flyer
April 5 Budget Guidance for FY16 Wildland Fire Management Budget Office of Wildland Fire Policy Memorandum 2016-02
Feb 23 Fire & Aviation Executive Board Letter to Call for Pulaski Award Nominations  
Feb. 18 Student Internship Program OTS Pathways Internship Program  Announcement Memo

Host Office Intern Request Form
Pathways Internship Program Brochure

Pathways Internship Program Flyer

Feb. 12 Operations Area Command Recruitment for 2016  
Feb. 2 Admin National Forestry & Wildland Fire Management Conference -"Partnering for Productive Forests" Agenda
Dec. 2 Budget Use of No-year Carryover Funds for Labor  
Dec. 2 Budget FY16 Reporting & Submissions for Wildland Fire Operations  
Nov. 13 Aviation Realignment of Wildland Fire Aviation Positions


Nov. 10 Administration Scheduling of "Use or Lose" Annual Leave to Avoid Forfeiture  
Oct. 22 Information Technology Memorandum of Understanding for Wildland Fire Management and All Hazard Response Information Systems  Interconnection among the Wildland Fire Management Agencies  
Oct.07 Administration DOI Wildland Fire Budget Allocations for FY16 DOI FY 2016 Preliminary Allocations
Sept. 28 Administration Branch of Wildland Fire Management Reorganization Branch WFM Org Chart - Sept. 2015
July 28 Administration Establishment of Fire Leadership Team  
May 07 Administration DOI, 2015 Administratively Determined Pay Plan for Emergency Workers 2015 DOI AD Pay Plan
May 07 Fuels Reserved Treaty Rights Lands National Implementation 1. Reserved Treaty Rights Lands Plan
2015 RTRL Regional Planning Levels and Budget Submission Distribution Schedules
Wildland Fire Potential Map
Mar. 30 Operations Reporting & Submissions for Wildland Fire Operations  
Mar. 25 Administration TRM Allocation, Reporting and Accountability Plan  
Feb. 20 Administration Tribal Resource Management Initiative Implementation  
Jan. 29 Administration Correspondence Procedure for Wildland Fire Management  
Dec. 1 Safety 2015 BIA/Tribal Medical Standards Program & Drug Testing Procedures DOI Medical Standards Program
Oct. 20 Planning Delegation of Wildfire Decisions in the Wildland Fire Decision Support System  
Oct. 14 Office of Wildland Fire Tribal Leader Letter - regarding Tribal Consultation of the Development of Risk based Wildland Fire Management  
Sept. 8 Office of Wildland Fire DOI Tribal Consultation Policy  
June 23 Administration Tribal Resource Management Initiative Implementation Update  
May 28 Operations Use of Suppression Operations Account Suppression Operations Sub-activity

May 28


Coop Agreement Template
Assistance Agreement
Notification of Required Use of Cooperative Agreement Template
April 22 Administration BIA Release of the Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy (National Strategy)  
April 17 Administration Reconciliation of Fire Suppression Accounts  
April 17 Administration Tribal Resource Management Initiative Implementation 2015 Tribal Resource Management Initiative Budget
Mar.13 Training C-Faller Course Announcement  
Feb. 20 Burned Area Emergency Response FY14 Burned Area Emergency Response Team Recruitment Announcement BIA Burned Area Emergency Response Team Nomination Form (PDF) (Doc)
Jan. 16 Safety 2014 BIA/Tribal Medical Standards Program and Drug Testing Procedures 2014 BIA MSP Exam Matrix
Jan. 16 Fuels Management Prescribed Fire Policy and Direction

Fuels Management Committee

Nov. 26 Administration Transition to Employee Common Identifier (ECI) for Casual Administrative Determined (AD) Employees
Attachment 1: ECI Procedures
Nov. 6 Cohesive Strategy National Cohesive Strategy Direction to Department of the Interior Wildland Fire Leadership Table/Roster of BIA Tribal Responsibilities
DOI Administratively Determined Personnel Bulletin NO. 14-03
DOI 2014 Administratively Determined Pay Plan for Emergency Workers
DOI Pay Plan
Sept.13 Administration BIA Implementation of the DOI Administratively Determined AD Pay Plan  
Aug. 14 Administration

Emergency Equipment Rental Operations Plan

June 5 Fuels Management BIA Fuels Treatment Effectiveness Final Guidance  
May 22 Wildfire Prevention Rescind Hiring Exception Position for Prevention Technicians  
April 29 Administration

2013 BIA Cover Memo - DOI Administratively Determined Pay Plan for Emergency Workers

April 17 Planning Data Agreement Template/ Authorization and the LANDFIRE Program  
April 16 Planning Wildland Fire Decision Support System Guidance  
April 16 Safety/Training Fire Season Planning and Preparedness - Fitness Challenge  
April 4 Burned Area Emergency Response Burned Area Emergency Response Team Recruitment  
April 4 Fire Operations Process for Reopening Bureau of Indian Affairs FireCodes  
Mar. 20 Administration Administratively Determined Hiring by Tribally Contracted of Compact Fire Management Programs for Fire Suppression & Fuels Mgt  
Feb. 13 Safety BIA Wilderness First Responder, Wildland Fire First Aid Minimum Guidelines & Protocols  
Jan. 17 Safety 2013 BIA/Tribal Medical Standards Program and Drug Testing Policy  
Dec. 28 Administration Wildland Fire Preparedness Regional Program Reviews Schedule  
Oct. 30 Budget Hurricane Sandy Support, Non-Fire Emergency Guidance  
Oct. 5 Training Inclusion of BIA All-Hazards Responders in IQCS and ROSS  
Oct. 4 Administration New Fire Management Position Descriptions

BIA Standard PDs

Sep. 25 Fuels Management BIA Fuels Treatment Effectiveness Interim Guidance  
Aug.25 Wildfire Prevention Guidance on Prevention Promotion Items  
June 11 Safety Standard DOI Firefighter Position Descriptions (motor vehicle operation)  
June 5 Safety Wildland Fire Boot Stipend Memo  
May 22 Administration Timekeeping Protocol for "Base 8" Hours During Wildfire Assignments  
May 14 Communication BIA Wildland Fire Media Relations Guidance  
Feb. 12 Safety 2012 Montezuma Fire Fatality Factual Report  
Jan. 25 Safety

BIA/Tribal Medical Standards Drug Testing Policy Memo

Mar. 16 Safety March 16 - Medical Standards Program Exam Process and Exam Protocol  
Aug. 23 Facilities Wildland Fire Program, Facility Construction FY-2010  
Aug.18 Training Interagency Fire Program Management Responsibilities and Consequences

DOI Memo - Interagency Fire Program Management Qualification Standards Implementation Responsibilities and Consequences

Implementation of the Interagency Fire Program Management Qualifications Standards and Guide

June 7 Operations Terminology Updates Resulting from Release of the Guidance for the Implementation of federal Wildland Fire Management Policy (2009)

NWCG Memo # 024-2010

Terminology Updates (Crosswalk for terms found in policy)

June 1 Training Delegation of C-Faller Program to Brian Billie, Navajo IHC  
Mar. 29 Safety Payment for Emergency Medical Technicians in administration of the Work Capacity Test  
Mar. 18 Fuels Management 2011 Department of the Interior HFPAS Process

FY2011 Department of Interior HFPAS Process

HFPAS Treatment Priority System 2011

ASPMB's October 2, 2009 FY 2010 HFR Treatment Priorities memorandum

BIA Supplemental Instructions - HFPAS Treatment Priority System 2011

Feb. 22 Administration Rookie Camps - Clarification of February 2, 2009 Policy on Training Emergency Wildland Firefighters  
Jan. 27 Safety Updated Chainsaw Operator Policy

Program Description

Evaluation Form

Job Hazard Analysis

Jan. 5 Information Technology Approval Process for the Use of Google Earth on TrustNet Computers Approval Process for use of Google Earth on TrustNet Computers
Oct. 4 Training Interagency Fire Program Management Decision Paper #4 NWCG #021-2008
Sep. 28 Planning Interim Support Tool for Wildland Fire Decision Support System - DataPony  
July 13 Safety Chainsaw Chap Standards  
June 24 Prevention Release of 90 IAM 1.4C (6) - H National Wildfire Prevention Handbook  
June 23 Planning Fire Planning Analysis  
April 28 Safety 2009 BIA Motor Vehicle Policy Memo  
Mar. 27 Operations Updated Guidance for Implementation of Federal Wildland Fire Management Policy  
March 10 Planning Accessing the Wildland Fire Decision Support System (WFDSS)  
March 5 Planning Wildland Fire Decision support System Transition-Schedule and Action Items  
Sept. 3 Fuels Management Hazardous Fuels Risk Assessment Framework  
Aug.12 Fuels Management Interagency Prescribed Fire and Planning Implementation Procedures Guide NWCG #015-2008
June 26 Fuels Management Verification of Wildland Fire Use Statistics  
April 25 Administration Administrative Fees Charged to Suppression Account  

Oct. 11


National Wildfire Coordinating Group Unit Identifiers


July 25


Use of Engine Operator (ENOP) Position


May 16


Hazardous Fuels Reduction Program Indirect Cost Funding FY2007


May 7


Filling Assistant Regional Office Positions with Technician Series Employees

DOI Personnel Bulletin NO. 05-01 - Wildland Fire Program Standardized Position Descriptions

Feb. 5


Current Complexity Ratings for Bureau of Indian Affairs Units


Feb. 21


Use of the Prescribed Fire Burn Boss - type 2 and Agency Responsibilities for Low and Very Low Complexity Prescribed Fire Planning and Implementation


Jan. 31


Inclusion of BIA Law Enforcement Personnel in IQCS and ROSS

Jan. 16, 2007 National Fire and Aviation Executive Board Memorandum

Dec. 22 Administration International Travel for BIA Firefighters  
Dec. 15 Administration Ordering Contracted Resources for Non-Emergency Situations - Fire Severity Rehabilitation and Fuels Project Activities  
Oct. 11 Administration National Wildfire Coordinating Group Unit Identifiers  
Oct. 5 Fuels
Fire Ecologist Positions Position Description
Memorandum of Understanding
Oct. 3 Administration Casual Pay Plan Technical Specialist Positions Position Description Format
Sept. 29 Administration Alternative Hiring Authorities Currently Delegated Federal Appointment Authorities
Aug. 25 Prevention Wildland Fire Prevention Program Documentation Requirements  
Aug. 14 Training IFPM Standards for Regional National Fire Management Positions  
July 21 Fuels
BIA Fuels Program Business Management Handbook Distribution  
July 19 Prevention BIA National WeTip Arson Hotline and Rewards Program  
June 7 Training Interagency Fire Program Management Standards Update National Fire and Aviation Executive Board  Memo - May 17, 2006 IFPM Update
June 19 Safety Clarification of Motor Vehicle Operation Policy for the Wildland Fire Program  
May 3 Administration Career Seasonal Employee in Non-Pay Status and Use of the Administratively Determined Pay Plan  
Jan. 24 Administration Revised BIA FireCode Business Procedures

BIA FireCode System Business Procedures

BIA FireCode Activity Matrix

Jan. 10 Fuels
Interagency Prescribed Fire Planning & Implementation Guide  
Nov. 18 Fuels Management Clarification on Policy for the GS-0401 Fire Management Specialist Position

DOI Memo - Policy Interpretation of the Supplemental Qualification Standard for the GS-0401 Fire Management Specialist

May 4


Clarification on Training Policy for Administratively Determined Emergency Hires  
June 12 Administration 2003 Expanded Government Charge Card Purchase Authority During Emergency Wildland Fie Operations  
April 6 Administration 2001 Guideline for Tribally Operated Wildland Fire Management Programs