Interior Adjusts Pay for Wildland Firefighters

Guaranteed $15 minimum wage for frontline firefighters.

The Department of the Interior announced that it would be increasing the base pay for all wildland firefighters employed by the department to $15 per hour, effective Tuesday. The adjustment will apply to about 3,500 firefighters at the Interior Department and 11,300 at the USDA Forest Service. Those to whom the pay increase applies will also receive backpay to the date of June 30, 2021.

Secretary Haaland said of the pay increase, “As climate change brings longer fire seasons and more extreme fire behavior, we must remain steadfast in our commitment to wildland fire preparedness and response. The brave women and men on the frontlines deserve fair pay for their work to protect our families, our communities, and our lands from the increasing threat of fire.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • That the president’s administration would seek God’s wisdom as they advance climate initiatives.
  • For the Interior Department and USDA Forest Service to be effective in fighting wildfires. 
  • That Secretary Haaland would look to the Lord for direction in leading her department. 

Sources: Department of the Interior


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