The last few weeks have opened my eyes to the high level of state, federal AND international collaboration in fighting large fires across the West. Canada is lending air tanker support to our firefighting arsenal. This takes integrated wildland fire response to another level. Through coordinated response, working relationships improve efficiencies and effectiveness, even when smoke is not in the air. Lessons learned from the fires of 2013 will help lead to improved local, state, national, and international policies in the Cohesive Strategy spirit of collaboration and working toward common goals.