Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
857 West South Jordan Parkway
South Jordan, UT 84095
Have you seen those funny )( symbols on the fire map that look like a bridge? Yes... we have had a few people ask why there is a bridge there. Those )( symbols are actually division breaks. A fire is broken into divisions, or portions of fireline assigned to a specific group of fire crews and equipment to work. The division break symbol )( shows where one division ends and another begins. Each division has their own Division Supervisor, responsible for directing those firefighters. By dividing the fire into these manageable chunks, especially on large fires, it helps fire managers more easily identify tactics and plans for specific areas.
During our daily operations video updates and on our daily update, we talk about the fire activities for the day by divisions. While this is very operational talk, we like to include this verbiage so the public can also understand the different tactics for specific areas, identified with those division names. You will notice the naming conventions utilize the military phonetic naming conventions (Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, etc). Division A is pronounced "Division Alpha". Let us know if you have any other questions.