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Wildland Fire Acronyms

Wildland Fire Updates and Acronyms

Press releases, news reports and articles are always full of wildland fire acronyms. California Wildfire Updates has mapped out the most commonly used wildland fire acronyms.

Updated 5/12/2017.

1,000-h TL FM One-thousand Hour Timelag Fuel Moisture
100-h TL FM One-hundred Hour Timelag Fuel Moisture
10-h TL FM Ten-hour Timelag Fuel Moisture
1-h TL FM One-hour Timelag Fuel Moisture
AAR After Action Review
ABRO Aircraft Base Radio Operator
ACAC see:  Area Command Aviation Coordinator
ACDR see:  Area Commander
ACLC see:  Assistant Area Commander, Logistics
ACPC see:  Assistant Area Commander, Plans
AD see:  Administratively Determined
ADF see:  Automatic Direction Finder
ADO see:  Assistant Disbursing Officer
AGL see:  Above Ground Level
AID see:  Aerial Ignition Device
AirNet see:  Aircraft Network
ALS see:  Advanced Life Support
AMR see:  Appropriate Management Response
AMRS see:  All Hazards Meteorological Response System
AOBD see:  Air Operations Branch Director
AOP see:  Annual Operating Plan (for Fire Weather)
APT see:  Administrative Payment Team
AREP see:  Agency Representative
ASA see:  Air Stagnation Advisory
ASGS see:  Air Support Group Supervisor
ATA see:  Actual Time of Arrival
ATCO see:  Air Tanker/Fixed-Wing Coordinator
ATD see:  Actual Time of Departure
ATE see:  Actual Time En Route
ATGS see:  Air Tactical Group Supervisor
ATIM see:  Aircraft Timekeeper
ATV see:  All Terrain Vehicle
AWS see:  Automatic Weather Station
BACM see:  Best Available Control Measures
BCMG see:  Base Manager
BCMG see:  Camp Manager
BLEVE see:  Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapor Explosion
BLS see:  Basic Life Support
Btu see:  British Thermal Unit
BUI see:  Buildup Index
CAFS see:  Compressed Air Foam Systems
CFP see:  Cooperative Fire Protection
CISD see:  Critical Incident Stress Debriefing
CLMS see:  Claims Specialist
CMSY see:  Commissary Manager
CO see:  Carbon Monoxide
CO2 see:  Carbon Dioxide
COML see:  Communications Unit Leader
COMP see:  Compensation/Claims Unit Leader
COMT see:  Incident Communications Technician
COST see:  Cost Unit Leader
CRWB see:  Crew Boss
CWPP see:  Community Wildfire Protection Plan
DA see:  Departure from Average Greenness
DAID see:  Delayed Aerial Ignition Devices
DDP see:  Designated Dispatch Point
DE see:  Dry Episode
DECK see:  Deck Coordinator
DISE see:  Distributed Incident Simulation Exercise
DIVS see:  Division/Group Supervisor
DL see:  Fuel Dryness Level
DL see:  Distance Learning
DME see:  Distance Measuring Equipment
DMOB see:  Demobilization Unit Leader
DOB see:  Depth of Burn
DOCL see:  Documentation Unit Leader
DOZB see:  Dozer Boss
DPRO see:  Display Processor
DZ see:  Drop Zone
EFF see:  Emergency Firefighter
EFp see:  Emission Factor
EFSA see:  Escaped Fire Situation Analysis
ELT see:  Emergency Locator Transmitter
EMC see:  Equilibrium Moisture Content
EMTB see:  Emergency Medical Technician - Basic
EMTI see:  Emergency Medical Technician - Intermediate
EMTP see:  Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic
EOC see:  Emergency Operations Center
ERC see:  Energy Release Component
ETA see:  Estimated Time of Arrival
ETD see:  Estimated Time of Departure
ETE see:  Estimated Time En Route
FAC see:  Fire Adapted Community
FACL see:  Facilities Unit Leader
FAR see:  Federal Aviation Regulation
FDUL see:  Food Unit Leader
FIRES see:  Fire Information Retrieval and Evaluation System
FIRETIP see:  Firefighting Technology Implementation Program
FLE see:  Fireline Explosives
FLI see:  Fire Load Index
FLIR see:  Forward Looking Infrared
FLPMA see:  Federal Land Policy and Management Act
FMP see:  Fire Management Plan
FMU see:  Fire Management Unit
FOBS see:  Field Observer
FOFE see:  First Order Fire Effects
FORPLAN see:  Forest Planning Language and Simulator
FPU see:  Fire Planning Unit
FRA see:  Friction Reducing Agent
FSC1 or FSC2 see:  Finance/Administration Section Chief
FWI see:  Fire Weather Index
FWIS see:  Forestry Weather Information System
GACC see:  Geographic Area Coordination Center
GAWR see:  Gross Axle Weight Rating
GISS see:  Geographic Information System Specialist
GOES see:  Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite
GPM see:  Gallons per Minute
GPS see:  Global Positioning System
GSA see:  General Services Administration
GSUL see:  Ground Support Unit Leader
GTS see:  Gum Thickened Sulphate
GVW see:  Gross Vehicle Weight
GVWR see:  Gross Vehicle Weight Rating
HCWN see:  Helicopter Manager
HEB1 or HEB2 see:  Helibase Manager
HECM see:  Helicopter Crewmember
HELB see:  Helicopter Boss
HERO see:  Helibase Radio Operator
HESM see:  Helispot Manager
HIGE see:  Hovering in Ground Effect
HLCO see:  Helicopter Coordinator
HRSP see:  Human Resource Specialist
IA see:  Initial Attack
IAF see:  Initial Attack Fire
IAIC see:  Initial Attack Incident Commander
IAP see:  Incident Action Plan
IARR see:  Interagency Resources Representative
IAS see:  Indicated Airspeed
IBA see:  Incident Business Advisor
ICP see:  Incident Command Post
ICS see:  Incident Command System
ICT1, ICT2, ICT3, ICT4, or ICT5 see:  Incident Commander
ID see:  Inside Diameter
IFPL see:  Industrial Fire Precaution Level
IFR see:  Instrument Flight Rules Conditions
ILS see:  Instrument Landing System
IMET see:  Incident Meteorologist
IMI see:  Interactive Multimedia Instruction
IMSA see:  Incident Medical Specialist Assistant
IMSM see:  Incident Medical Specialist Manager
IMST see:  Incident Medical Specialist Technician
INCM see:  Incident Communications Manager
INVF see:  Wildland Fire Investigator
IPT see:  Iron Pipe Thread
IR see:  Infrared Groundlink
IR see:  Infrared
JIC see:  Joint Information Center
JIS see:  Joint Information System
KBDI see:  Keetch-Byram Drought Index
L/RMP see:  Land/Resource Management Plan
LAL see:  Lightning Activity Level
LC see:  Liquid Concentrate
LCES see:  Lookout(s), Communication(s), Escape Route(s), and Safety Zone(s)   
LCMS see:  Learning Content Management System
LOFR see:  Liaison Officer
LR see:  Lightning Risk
LSC1 or LSC2 see:  Logistics Section Chief
MAC see:  Multi-Agency Coordination
MACS see:  Multi-Agency Coordination System
MAFFS see:  Modular Airborne Firefighting System
MEDL see:  Medical Unit Leader
MEL see:  Most Efficient Level
Micro-REMS see:  Micro-Remote Environmental Monitoring System
MIST see:  Minimum Impact Suppression Techniques
MMA see:  Maximum Management Area
MOA see:  Military Operations Area
MSL see:  Mean Sea Level
NAAQS see:  National Ambient Air Quality Standards
NARTC see:  National Advanced Resources Technology Center
NASF see:  National Association of State Foresters
NDVI see:  Normalized Difference Vegetation Index
NESDIS see:  National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service
NFC see:  National Fire Codes
NFDRS see:  National Fire Danger Rating System
NFPA see:  National Fire Protection Association
NFPA see:  National Fire Protection Association Standards
NH see:  National Standard Thread
NICC see:  National Interagency Coordination Center
NIFC see:  National Interagency Fire Center
NIFMID see:  National Interagency Fire Management Integrated Database
NIIMS see:  National Interagency Incident Management System
NO see:  Nitrogen Oxide
NO2 see:  Nitrogen Dioxide
NOTAM see:  Notice to Airmen
NPSH see:  National Pipe Straight Hose Thread
NRL see:  National Resource Lands
NVC see:  Net Value Change
NWCG see:  National Wildfire Coordinating Group
OCC see:  Operations Coordination Center
OD see:  Outside Diameter
OI see:  Occurrence Index
OPBD see:  Operations Branch Director
ORDM see:  Ordering Manager
ORV see:  Off-road Vehicle
OSC1 or OSC2 see:  Operations Section Chief
PAL see:  Project Activity Level
PAR see:  Precision Approach Radar
PIBAL see:  Pilot Balloon Operation
PIO1, PIO2, PIOF see:  Public Information Officer
PM10 see:  PM10
PM2.5 see:  PM2.5
PPE see:  Personal Protective Equipment
PROC see:  Procurement Unit Leader
PSC1 or PSC2 see:  Planning Section Chief
PSD see:  Prevention of Significant Deterioration
PSD see:  Plastic Sphere Dispenser
PSI see:  Pounds per Square Inch
PTB see:  Position Task Book
RACM see:  Reasonably Available Control Measures
RAWS see:  Remote Automatic Weather Station
RCDM see:  Receiving and Distribution Manager
RECON see:  Reconnaissance
RESL see:  Resources Unit Leader
RFD see:  Rural Fire District
RG see:  Relative Greenness
RH see:  Relative Humidity
RM see:  Risk Management
ROSS see:  Resource Ordering and Status System
SA see:  Situation Awareness
SA see:  Situational Awareness
SAIT see:  Serious Accident Investigation Team
SCBA see:  Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus
SCKN see:  Status/Check-In Recorder
SCO see:  Shareable Content Object
SCORM see:  Shareable Content Object Re-usable Model
SECM see:  Security Manager
SHEF see:  Standard Hydrologic Exchange Format code
SIG see:  Special Interest Group
SIMWYE see:  Reversible Siamese
SIP see:  State Implementation Plan
SITL see:  Situation Unit Leader
SOFE see:  Second Order Fire Effects
SOP see:  Standard Operating Procedure
SOP see:  Standard Operational Procedure
SPUL see:  Supply Unit Leader
SSA see:  Smoke-Sensitive Area
STAM see:  Staging Area Manager
STCR see:  Strike Team leader Crew
STCR, STDZ, STEN or STPL see:  Strike Team Leader
STDZ see:  Strike Team Leader Dozer
STEN see:  Strike Team Leader Engine
STEX see:  Sand Table Exercise
STPL see:  Strike Team Leader Tractor/Plow
STPS see:  Structure Protection Specialist
SUBD see:  Support Branch Director
SVBD see:  Service Branch Director
TDGS see:  Tactical Decision Game
TFLD see:  Task Force Leader
TFR see:  Temporary Flight Restriction
THSP see:  Technical Specialist
TIME see:  Time Unit Leader
TL see:  Timelag
TNSP see:  Training Specialist
TOLC see: