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The 2012 version of the Interagency Helicopter Operations Guide (IHOG) will not be released until Feb. 2013. Until its release, the 2009 IHOG remains in effect as numerous Helicopter Support Kits have already been distributed from the cache system with the 2009 version.

Several factors delayed the implementation of the new IHOG including plans to replace the hard copy IHOG with an electronic distribution. Due to feedback from the field, DOI and USFS will continue to publish a hard copy edition.

The 2009 guide remains available for download on the NIFC website.

The 2012 IHOG contains several changes associated with helibase management that should be adopted immediately and may already be required depending on the bureau or region.

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