Reference Manual #18: Wildland Fire Management

The Wildland Fire Management Reference Manual 18 (RM18) provides detailed and comprehensive guidance for implementing wildland fire management policy for the National Park Service. Field employees can find legal references, operating policies, standards, procedures, general information, recommendations, and examples to assist in carrying out Management Policies and Director's Orders. All materials included in RM18 have been approved by the Associate Director, Visitor and Resource Protection.

RM18 is tiered from overarching policy found in the NPS Management Policies, and Director’s Order 18: Wildland Fire Management. Supplemental policy regarding coordination and responsibilities for wildland fire operations is found in the Interagency Standards for Fire and Fire Aviation Operations.

Appendix 1: Websites

These tables list links in order as they appear in the document. Repetitious links within a chapter are omitted.
Note: Many links are behind agency firewalls so may be only accessible when on a NPS networked computer.

Appendix 2: Definitions and Terms

For more commonly used fire definitions and terms, please refer to the National Wildfire Coordinating Group’s Glossary of Wildland Fire Terminology.

Appendix 3: Acronyms

List of acronyms used in Reference Manual 18.

Last updated: January 23, 2024