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NECC: Compact Preparedness Level

Below you can find the current preparedness level of each NFFPC member state and province.

Level 1
Low
Level 2
Moderate
Level 3
High
Level 4
Very High
Level 5
Extreme

Last updated:

26 May 2017 16:09:17 EDT

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Level 1  Level 1 - Low

No large fire activity in area. Most Agencies have low to moderate fire danger. Little or no commitment of area resources.

Routine business with no special procedures necessary. Routine monitoring and reporting with daily situation reports generated and disseminated.

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Level 2  Level 2 - Moderate

One or more Agencies experiencing high fire danger. Potential exists for growth to larger (project) fires and additional fire starts. Minimal mobilization of resources between Agencies occurring. The potential exists for mobilization of resources to other agencies, and consideration is given to the EA preparedness level.

Encourage sharing of wildland fire and prescribed fire resources. Maximize response to U.S. federal and Canadian wildland fires for skill maintenance and training. Foster and promote local fire prevention activities.

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Level 3  Level 3 - High

Two or more agencies are experiencing high or very high fire danger. Frequent new starts and some fires are escaping initial attack. Type III Incident Management teams are mobilized locally. Mobilization of resources from other agencies are occurring and consideration is given to the EA preparedness level.

Activate Fire Prevention and Education teams as deemed appropriate. Exercise Incident Management Teams and Single Resources for hands on training opportunities. Consider limiting the movement of resources for wildland fire outside the Compact area. Consider pre-positioning of resources within the Compact. Activate the Multi Agency Coordination (MAC) Group and schedule conference calls once per week prior to the weekend. Limit sharing resources for prescribed fire.

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Level 4  Level 4 - Very High

Three or more agencies are experiencing very high or extreme fire danger. Large fires may exist and efforts to contain new starts are unsuccessful. Frequent competition for resources is occurring and critical resources are in short supply. High to extreme fire danger expected to continue or increase over the next 48 to 72 hours and consideration is given to the EA preparedness level.

Continue Multi Agency Coordination (MAC) Group activation to decide activity levels and procedures based on circumstances. Coordinate and inform EACC, CIFC, and local federal partners. Pre-position resources as deemed necessary. Confirm availability of Compact and agency IMT members. Prepare for significant sharing of Compact resources. Increase depth of NECC staffing as needed. Fire resources not to be mobilized outside of the Compact area. Coordinate open burning bans and public information between members. Consider severity funding for federal agencies.

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Level 5  Level 5 - Extreme

Very high or extreme fire danger exists throughout the Compact area. Compact resources are exhausted or significant delays are experienced in receiving requested Compact resources. Traditional control methods are ineffective. Extreme burning conditions prevail. High to extreme fire danger expected to continue or increase over the next 48 to 72 hours and consideration is given to the EA preparedness level.

Coordinate public information among agencies on a Compact scale. Resources are not mobilized outside the Compact area. Continue MAC Group activity with daily conference calls and consider physical assembly of the MAC Group.

Consider assistance from applicable US Federal and Canadian agencies such as US Forest Service, FEMA and Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Center (CIFFC). Examples include an Area Command Team, large air tankers, pre-positioning of resources.

NFFPC Preparedness Plan

The preparedness levels are established by the Northeastern Interagency Coordination Center (NECC) Center Manager, in consultation with the Executive Director throughout the calendar year. These levels are determined by specific management direction and consideration related to predicted fire behavior and weather, fire danger, resource availability and incident activity, including all-risk incidents.


NFFPC Area Preparedness Levels

Compact Area preparedness level is determined from information provided by Agencies on the NECC Daily Situation and Availability Report and may be influenced by conditions in the Eastern Area (EA) and nationally. Members submit the Daily Situation and Availability Report to NECC at all preparedness levels.

Preparedness level may also be influenced by significant events and/or incident specific conditions. These factors may warrant elevating the preparedness level determination beyond the general guideline described.


Why Preparedness Levels Are Established

Levels are established to communicate incident activity, fire severity, and resource commitment within the area. Levels identify the actions to be taken by the Compact.

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