Managing Fire, Understanding Ourselves:  Human Dimensions in Safety and Wildland Fire

13th International Wildland Fire Safety Summit and 4th Human Dimensions of Wildland Fire
Boise Centre, Boise, Idaho, USA, April 20-24, 2015

Field Trips (Friday, April 24, 2015)

The Field Trips will take place on Friday, April 24, 2015, the day following the 13th International Wildland Fire Safety Summit & 4th Human Dimensions of Wildland Fire Conference in Boise, Idaho.
There will be a nominal registration fee for participants;this fee will cover the cost of transportation and tour guides if applicable.  Register for Field Trips when you register for the conference.

Oregon Trail - 6 Years of Post-Fire Mitigation (9;00-12:00) - $10.00
The tragic fatal Oregon Trail fire on October 25, 2008 has led to numerous wildfire mitigation activities centered around the Oregon Trail area and throughout the city, and has led to numerous cooperative partnerships. This tour will highlight the Oregon Trail fire with video clips and a Powerpoint and will also inform attendees about partnerships built over the last several years as well as mitigation initiatives citywide that have occurred since that time, to include lessons learned.

National Interagency Fire Center  (9:00-11:30 and 1:00-3:30) - $10.00 (covers transportation cost)
Tour of the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC), home to national offices of all federal wildland fire management agencies including US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and Bureau of Indian Affairs; national representatives of the National Association of State Foresters (NASF), United States Fire Administration, Department of Defense, National Weather Service, the National Interagency Coordination Center (NICC), and operational facilities that include a national radio cache, fire engine development center, geographic area equipment cache, smokejumper base, aerial retardant base, and Wildland Firefighter Monument.  The tour will specifically provide information on:  NICC and an overview of the three tiered dispatch system and four functional coordination areas (equipment, aviation, overhead/crews and predictive services) and a discussion of the National Multi-Agency Coordinating Group (NMAC), overview of eight divisions of the radio cache, a walk through of the Great Basin equipment cache, an overview of the Smokejumper base and program, an overview of the retardant base, and a walk through of the WFF Monument.  


Boise City Tour and Botanical Gardens (9:00-12:30) - $10.00 (covers transportation cost)
This trip will be led by a local guide; guests will visit the following sights in Boise. The tour will begin and end at the Boise Centre:

  • Old Oregon Trail sites
  • Downtown Boise
  • Boise Basin/Idaho Gold Rush history
  • Irrigated Agriculture development
  • Idaho Botanical Gardens
  • Boise Greenbelt
  • Boise Depot
  • Old Boise and Warm Springs Avenue
  • M-K Nature Center
  • Idaho State Capitol
  • Boise State University
  • Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial


If you have any questions please contact Mikel Robinson at or (406) 531-8264.