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Glossary of Terms

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General Staff:
The group of incident management personnel reporting to the incident commander. They may each have a deputy or assistant, as needed. Staff includes operations section chief, planning section chief, logistics section chief, and finance/administration section chief.

Geographic Area:
A political boundary designated by the wildland fire protection agencies, where these agencies work together in the coordination and effective utilization of fire management resources. Each geographic area includes a Geographic Area Coordination Center (GACC) that handles fire intelligence, information, ordering, and dispatch.

Ground Fuels:
All combustible materials below the surface litter, including duff, tree or shrub roots, punky wood, peat, sawdust, and other materials that can support a glowing combustion without flame.