Wildland Firefighter Monument

The Interagency Wildland Firefighter Monument is a place where people can appreciate, celebrate, reflect on, mourn, imagine and enjoy the wildland fire community’s endeavors and outcomes.  The monument serves no single purpose or role; it is meant to be enjoyed by people from all walks of life.

Surrounded by wildflowers, 3 bronze statues stand in silent tribute to all wildland firefighters.  The rustle of aspen leaves and peaceful sound of water cascading over rocks, make the Wildland Firefighters Monument a perfect place to stop and reflect on the natural beauty of our public lands, and the dedication of those who toil tirelessly amid smoke and flames season after season to protect them.  This is truly a place of peace, remembrance, reflection and gratitude.

Welcome to the Wildland Firefighters Monument, A Wildland Firefighter Sanctuary.  As you follow the ribbon-shaped path, know that every flower, bush, tree, plant, bench and waterfall stone has been carefully sown or placed by someone who recognizes and appreciates a Wildland firefighter’s courage, selflessness, dedication, and most of all, his or her sacrifice.  Stop near the waterfall; close your eyes; quiet your mind; still your soul.  You are in a place of sanctuary, a place of healing.  This place is for wildland firefighters and others who support them.  This place is for you…

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Opening Ceremonies

The drone of approaching firefighting aircraft, a C-130 and a smokejumper DC-3, brought a hush over the crowd assembled for the dedication of the Wildland Firefighter Monument. The sound, familiar to everyone in the wildland firefighting community, evoked a flood of memories of life on the firelines, of camaraderie that lasts a lifetime. But on this day, as the planes passed slowly overhead, it wasn’t a shower of retardant or parachutes that dropped from the bellies of the planes; instead, they released a cluster of purple streamers which drifted gently through the sky, coming to rest amid the colorful spring wildflowers in the new Monument at the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC).

Firefighters, their families and friends, came from across the nation to dedicate this monument in honor of America’s wildland firefighters and the people who support them. Interagency hotshot crews, Native American firefighters, smokejumpers, representatives of state and local fire, rescue and emergency medical teams, pilots and military support staff were present.

Families and friends of those who had lost their lives, and firefighters who will long be remembered for their courage and commitment, were also in attendance. The audience listened intently, as representatives of all of the wildland firefighting community paid tribute to the efforts and sacrifices of wildland firefighters.

National Interagency Fire Center

3833 S. Development Avenue
Boise, Idaho 83705
(208) 387-5512

Hours of Operation

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Monday through Friday

If you’d like to visit the monument during off hours or on the weekend, please contact the Foundation at (208) 336-2996 to arrange an escort.

Wildland Firefighter Monument Images

After the tragic 1994 wildland fire season, when 34 firefighters perished, Vicki Minor, wildland fire support contractor and a woman with a vision, decided to do something to honor wildland firefighters. Because of her dedication, a Monument site was identified at the National Interagency Fire Center to honor past, present and future firefighters and the people who support them.

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Concept drawing of the now complete Wildland Firefighter Memorial site. Boise artist, and NIFC employee, Antonia Hedrick created the area concept for the site.

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Landscape architect, Lesa Stark, Vicki Minor and artist Lawrence Nowlan discuss the layout of the future site. Construction became reality and the building began. More than 3,000 cubic yards of soil was donated by Central Paving of Boise to lay the foundation for the Monument site.

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As the site began to take shape, volunteers donated hundreds of hours to transform tons of soil into a place of reflection.

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Tons of rock were carefully placed by volunteers to create this soothing water feature located at the heart of the Monument. Native rock was gathered from a local quarry through the dedicated efforts of the Boise Smokejumpers.

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Native flowers, grasses, shrubs and trees were planted throughout the Monument to reflect the vegetation of the surrounding wildlands.

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Larger-than-life statues were developed by artist Lawrence Nowlan to represent wildland firefighters at work on the fireline.