Texas A and M Forest Service (TX)
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The Texas A&M Forest Service was created in 1915, as a service within Texas A&M University, that will "assume direction of all forest interests and all matters pertaining to forestry within the jurisdiction of the state." Prior to 2012 the agency's name was Texas Forest Service.
Air-to-Air and Air-to-Ground Zone Boundaries
From 2022 NIFC Map
- Zone 1 (TXS01) - Northwest: West of 100° W, North of Interstate 20, North of Interstate 10 (W of I-10/I-20 Jct)
- Zone 2 (TXS02) - North: East of 100° W, North of Interstate 20, West of US Hwy 75
- Zone 3 (TXS03) - Northeast: North of State Hwy 21, East of Interstate 45, East of US Hwy 75
- Zone 4 (TXS04) - Southwest: West of 100° W, South of Interstate 20, South of Interstate 10 (W of I-10/I-20 Jct)
- Zone 5 (TXS05) - South: East of 100° W, South of Interstate 20, West of Interstate 45
- Zone 6 (TXS06) - Southeast: South of State Hwy 21, East of Interstate 45
VHF AM Air-to-Air Frequencies
TFS changes their AM aircraft band air-to-air frequency plan periodically. The frequencies listed in the database (shown in the table below) are from 2013 and may no longer be current. Frequency plans are no longer posted on the TFS web site.
|122.92500||M||CSQ||TFS A2A Pri||Primary All Zones||AM||Aircraft|
|119.37500||M||CSQ||TFS A2A Z1 S||Secondary Zone 1||AM||Aircraft|
|125.37500||M||CSQ||TFS A2A Z2 S||Secondary Zone 2||AM||Aircraft|
|132.72500||M||CSQ||TFS A2A Z3 S||Secondary Zone 3||AM||Aircraft|
|135.67500||M||CSQ||TFS A2A Z5 S||Secondary Zone 5||AM||Aircraft|
|126.37500||M||CSQ||TFS A2A Z6 S||Secondary Zone 6||AM||Aircraft|
|134.07500||M||CSQ||TFS ABI Tank||Abilene Air Tanker Base Ramp||AM||Aircraft|
|123.97500||M||CSQ||TFS MW SEAT||Mineral Wells SEAT Base Ramp||AM||Aircraft|
|124.97500||BM||CSQ||TFS Aus Tank||Austin Air Tanker Base Ramp||AM||Aircraft|
|120.92500||M||CSQ||TFS A2A Z4 S||Secondary Zone 4||AM||Aircraft|
|118.7000||M||CSQ||Copper Breaks Fire - fixed-wing/TFR (Aug 2019)||AM|
|119.9750||M||CSQ||Copper Breaks Fire - rotor (Aug 2019)||AM|
|120.8000||M||CSQ||Zone 2 secondary? (TFR contact freq. Archer Co. Jul 2018)||AM|
|127.7000||M||CSQ||Zone 2 secondary? (TFR contact freq. Palo Pinto Co. Jul 2018)||AM|
FAA TFR Info
TFRs requested for aerial firefighting usually have a contact frequency listed. This is usually the Air-to-Air zone primary or secondary frequency but sometimes new incident-specific frequencies are used which are not listed in the database. See the FAA Temporary Flight Restrictions page.
VHF FM Federal Frequencies
During large fires when resources from other states and federal agencies are brought in, National Incident Radio Support Cache Command, Tactical and Air Tactics channels may be used.
NIRSC Tactical and Government Common channels are often used by the federal wildland fire agencies as travel and talk channels.
Agency specific (USFS, FWS, NPS, etc.) frequencies may also be used as well as temporary incident specific frequencies ordered from the NIFC.
From unofficial 2020 NIFC National Air-to-Ground Frequency List. May not be current or accurate.
|166.6375||M||CSQ||(NIFC A/G 02) Zone 1 NW, Zone 5 S||FMN|
|166.6125||M||CSQ||(NIFC A/G 03) Zone 1 NW, Zone 4 SW||FMN|
|166.8500||M||CSQ||(NIFC A/G 07) Zone 2 N, Zone 4 SW, Zone 6 SE||FMN|
|166.9125||M||CSQ||(NIFC A/G 09) Zone 3 NE, Zone 4 SW||FMN|
|167.1750||M||CSQ||(NIFC A/G 34) Zone 3 NE||FMN|
|167.4500||M||CSQ||(NIFC A/G 40) Zone 1 NW, Zone 2 N, Zone 4 SW, Zone 5 S, Zone 6 SE||FMN|
|167.4750||M||CSQ||(NIFC A/G 41) Zone 3 NE||FMN|
|168.5375||M||CSQ||(NIFC A/G 54) Zone 5 S||FMN|
|169.0875||M||CSQ||(NIFC A/G 58) Zone 6 SE||FMN|
|168.3250||M||CSQ||(NIFC A/G 85) Zone 2 N||FMN|
- TXFS.zip - Contains a Google Earth .kml map of Texas A&M Forest Service communications sites.
The following frequencies are not listed in the database. If you can confirm any of them please submit the information and remove them from this list.
Frequency/Input Callsign Type Description various WNQU829 B Austin base 159.3300/151.3100 WNWR504 RM Austin repeater 159.3300/? WPQJ503 RM Bertram repeater various WQCB494 B Buna base 159.4050/151.1600 WQUY457 RM Bleakwood repeater 159.4050/151.3100 KKD227 RM Burkeville repeater various WPQF909 B Canyon base various KEG805 B Carthage base various WQEN772 B Childress base various WQCB287 B Clarksville base various KKB850 B Conroe base various KKG673 B Crockett base 155.5500/153.8000 WQCB281 R Crosbyton repeater (new app 01/2023) 159.4200/? WPQJ503 RM Decatur repeater various WQEP406 B Fort Stockton base various WPAS932 B Fredericksburg base various WXF861 B Gilmer base 159.3300/151.3100 WNLR435 RM Henderson repeater various WPES222 B Huntsville base 154.9650/156.0150 WQCB281 R Iowa Park repeater (new app 01/2023) various KKR565 B Jacksonville base various WNZP263 B Jasper base 159.2250/? KKD206 RM Karnack repeater various KGC559 B Kountze (Olive) base various WNQR919 B LaGrange base 159.2250/? WZQ665 RM Linden repeater various KKE388 B Livingston base 159.2250/151.1600 KKE388 RM Livingston repeater various KLW987 B Longview base various WPCR857 B Lufkin base various WNZB554 B Lufkin base 159.4650/? WNZB554 RM Lufkin repeater various WQCB281 B Merkel (Abilene) base various KNGT956 B Nacogdoches base various WNQU742 B New Boston base various WNVF811 B Palestine base various WNQU833 B Pittsburg base various WQEQ905 B San Angelo base various WNQB624 B San Augustine base various WNWR504 B Smithville base 159.3300/? WQCB281 RM Tuscola repeater (New app 02/2021) various WNWG700 B Woodville base
Most of the base stations above with frequency shown as various are licensed for several of the following frequencies:
151.1600 151.1900 151.3100 151.3850 151.4750 154.2650 154.2800 154.2950 159.2250 159.2400 159.2850 159.3000 159.3150 159.3300 159.3600 159.3750 159.4050 159.4200 159.4350
The frequencies from old air-to-air zone maps are listed below. They may or may not be used again in the future.
At times when there are multiple aircraft working a large fire or multiple fires in the same area, alternate frequencies may be ordered from the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) to separate fixed-wing and rotor-wing traffic or to prevent interference to operations in other areas.
Some of the frequencies listed below were probably temporary incident specific frequencies and may or may not be used again in the future.
|118.4500||M||CSQ||Bastrop Co. Complex Fire (Sep 2011)||AM|
|120.3000||M||CSQ||Nolan Co. Fire (July 2011)||AM|
|121.1750||M||CSQ||Bear Creek Fire (Sep 2011)||AM|
|121.6750||M||CSQ||Riley Rd. Fire (Sep 2011)||AM|
|123.1250||M||CSQ||Linden-592 Fire (Sep 2011)||AM|
|123.1500||M||CSQ||PK 101 Ranch Fire (Aug-Sep 2011)||AM|
|123.4000||M||CSQ||Third Fire (Sep 2011)||AM|
|123.9750||M||CSQ||SEAT Base Ramp (Primary most areas)||AM|
|124.3750||M||CSQ||Northeast TX Fires (Sep 2011)||AM|
|124.4750||M||CSQ||Mc Gregor SEAT Base Ramp (2011)||AM|
|124.9750||M||CSQ||Austin Tanker Base Ramp (2012)||AM|
|128.8250||M||CSQ||Riley Rd. Fire (Sep 2011)||AM|
|134.0750||M||CSQ||Air Tanker Base Ramp Abilene, Amarillo (2011)||AM|
The following old air tactics frequencies were probably temporary assignments for specific incidents.
|166.9375||M||CSQ||Air-to-Ground Northeast TX Fires (Sep 2011)||FMN|
|168.0125||M||CSQ||Air-to-Ground Secondary PK Complex Fire (Apr-May 2011)||FMN|
Statewide FCC Licenses
- KA4905 - Mobile
- KE8108 - Temporary Base
- WPEV252 - Mobile Repeater
- WPNU241 - Temporary Base, Temporary Repeater, Temporary Control, Mobile
- Active Incidents on InciWeb
- GeoMAC fire map viewer
- Texas A&M Forest Service
- Texas Interagency Coordination Center
- Wildland Fire Assessment System
- Southern Area Incident Management Teams that cover Texas
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