The Operations Northern California (ONCC)
established in the early 1960s to serve as a supply cache and
coordination center for the Northern California forests in Region
5. The center was also used as a training facility, with the formal
regional training unit established in 1973.
Today the ONCC is a fully functional cooperative
organization that includes agency representation from the US Forest
Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service
and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
ONCC has developed an information package for individuals who are arriving at the coordination center on temporary duty assignments. This information will give individuals an overview of our basic operational procedures, staffing contacts, and compound layout.
Section at Northern Operations gathers and analyzes
intelligence data from large fires and disasters. The section
collects resource information for incident allocation prioritizing.
North Operations Intelligence also distributes daily situation
reports and incident information.
Fire Weather Center, the most recent addition to
the center, provides fire weather support to fire management agencies
in northern California. The district comprises seven national
forests, seven CDF ranger units, four National Park Service sites,
the Hoopa Indian Reservation, and portions of two BLM districts.
The weather unit also acts as the local meteorological consultant
for ONCC and provides daily fire season weather briefings, regional
fire weather and aviation training, and other forecasts and services. Email us.
The North Operations Emergency Command Center is
a cooperative organization that handles resource distribution
for All-Risk Management Incidents. Personnel handle all requests
for aircraft, crews, overhead, and equipment; they process dispatch
records, contact unit dispatchers for resources to fill orders,
and handle all incoming telephone and fax communications. An expanded
dispatch center processes extended attack or long-term incidents.
The Fire Cache is part of the Interagency National
Fire Equipment System and distributes equipment and supplies for
All-Risk Management Incidents to agencies throughout northern
California and the nation.
5 Smokejumper Unit was established in 1957 and moved
to the ONCC facility in 1964.
Hotshot program was established in 1967 to provide
crew leader training to hotshot personnel. Crewmembers were detailed
from the forests to the hotshot crew for one season to learn crew
leadership skills. After a disastrous airplane crash and resultant
fire at the operations building in 1981, the facilities were expanded
to include an interagency administration and training building
and new interagency operations building.
Zone Training Unit provides a full curriculum of
courses of the Incident Command System for students from all cooperating
agencies. Dozens of classes are offered each fall and winter at
the facility. Instructors and students come from all cooperating
Directions to ONCC facilities. (Edited Mapquest Image)