FSYC Fall Fire & Fuels Program


FSYC Fall Fire & Fuels

The fall Forest Stewards Youth Corps (FSYC) program builds on the success of the summer FSYC program by creating employment, education, and training opportunities for recent high school and college graduates (18-25). Like the summer FSYC program, fall fire and fuels FSYC crews are hosted and mentored by U.S. Forest Service ranger districts.

As wildfire activity in the Southwest winds down with the arrival of the monsoon season, other parts of the country are just getting going. As a result, many firefighting resources in the Southwest are deployed to other parts of the country, limiting local capacity to implement prescribed burns during prime burn windows. Prescribed fire is a necessary tool used by land managers to reduce wildfire risk and restore resilience to forests. The fall FSYC fire and fuels program helps fill this gap in capacity.

The fall FSYC program prepares participants for careers in natural resource management by providing them with training and certifications in:

  • National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) Basic Wildland Fire Fighting (S-130/190)
  • Wildland fire chainsaw use (S-212)
  • CPR and first-aid
  • Forestry
  • Leadership development
  • Job skills such as resume and cover letter writing, and
  • New Mexico Forest Worker Safety.

Fall Fire & Fuels Program stats 

Not yet including 2019 numbers...

  • 766 acres of prescribed fire
  • 15 miles of fire line constructed
  • 2 miles of fence repair
  • 6 miles of trail maintenance
  • 30 college credits awarded
  • Over 150 hours of training delivered

Press and reports


Details about FSYC Fall Fire and Fuels Crew positions

The Forest Stewards Guild will be hiring again in 2020.

The program runs from mid-August until  early November (12 weeks).

Crews complete natural resource management projects and participate in prescribed fire operations when conditions and weather permit.


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