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About the NWCC

Mission Statement

The Northwest Interagency Coordination Center serves as the northwest area geographic focal point to provide logistical support and intelligence relative to anticipated and ongoing wildfire activity for all federal and cooperating state wildland fire suppression agencies. The Center facilitates movement of resources between agencies' units and, concurrently, ensures fire suppression capabilities to support large fire potential by monitoring weather and prescribed burning activity within the area. The Center also responds to requests for support to other geographic areas from the National Interagency Coordination Center at the National Interagency Fire Center.

Though the Center was primarily established to support wildland fire suppression efforts, it also plays a significant role in providing logistical support to the needs of other natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods, volcano eruptions, etc. The Center is the focal point in the Northwest for area level support to Emergency Support Function #4 in a Federal Emergency Management Agency declared disaster. In addition, the Center supports the general fire community through training, workshops and response to projects or tasks assigned by the Pacific Northwest Wildfire Coordination Group or others.


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Contact Information
Phone: (503) 808-2720
Admin Fax: (503) 808-2789
Operations Fax: (503) 808-2750

Mailing Address
Northwest Coordination Center
150 SW Harrison St Suite 400
Portland OR 97201

Office Hours:
07:00 to 16:30 Monday through Friday

Miscellaneous: Area Hotel Listing | Area Restaurant Listing | NWCC Conference Rooms

General Information

NWCC is located in southwest Portland downtown, near the Portland State University campus and Tom McCall Waterfront Park. The area is served by many shops, restaurants, hotels, cultural attractions, and essential services. Visitors can access NWCC by car, bike, bus, light rail, and streetcar. Travel from the airport takes approximately 25 minutes by car and 50 minutes by public transportation, depending on traffic.

Public Transportation

MAX Green & Yellow Lines
The Green Line (originating at Clackamas Town Center) and the Yellow Line (originating at the Expo Center on West Marine Drive) both offer good access to NWCC.

MAX Red Line from Portland International Airport (PDX)
Board the train outside baggage claim at PDX.  Train fare can be purchased at the vending machines inside the terminal.

Option 1:  Transfer to MAX Green/Yellow Lines
Option 2:   Transfer to Portland Streetcar

Portland & Surrounding Area Bus & MAX Light Rail 503-238-RIDE (7433)
Portland City Center Streetcar

Driving Directions

From the north on I-5

From the south on I-5

From the east on I-84


24 hour, public, covered pay parking is available at 150 SW Harrison St. Enter on SW 1st Ave at SW Harrison St. Do not use SW Harrison St entrance (permit only). Only use the South Entrance on 1st. The North entrance is permit only. $11.75 daily, $4.00 hourly. Metered street parking and many nearby pay parking lots are available.

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Visitor Links & Resources

Portland International Airport (PDX)
Portland City Center Visitor’s Map
Portland Oregon Visitors Association