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Prescribed Fire

Prescribed Fire Treatments

The natural role of fire is an essential part of the ecological process. Using fire as a tool to achieve resource management objectives may be the only effective tool resource managers have to restore the natural balance of the Wildland on a large-scale. Prescribed burning is that tool.  It is the deliberate and careful application of fire on a landscape. Each application, called a "fuels treatment", may be a singular event, or be used in combination with other mechanical treatments to reduce fuel build-up. In fire-adapted systems, fire should be present on a recurring cycle consistent with the natural fire regimes to sustain ecosystem functionality.

Fire managers cannot perform any kind of prescribed burn without first attending to national Interagency policy for prescribe fire, NEPA, and other environmental compliance requirements. Each treatment requires specific burn plans with measurable burn objectives that clearly defined operational procedures for implementation, monitoring, escapes and contingency resources.

Prescribed Fire Documents