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Spatial Wildland Fire Management Planning

Spatial Fire Management Plan MapsheetLarge amounts of information are summarized in thematic mapsheets through the use of tables, graphs, photos, text and maps.  Spatial Fire Management Plans display key strategic and operational guidance information in a geo-spatial and graphical format called mapsheets. This document is a collection of succinct text, maps, tables and other elements that can be quickly referenced to provide intuitive access to critical fire management information. As managers complete fuels projects or when wildfires occur that would alter the plan, mapsheets can be easily updated to keep information real-time and relevant to users. 

Pilot projects are underway in most federal land management agencies  to assess the process and value of the mapsheets. The projects are voluntary efforts by individual field units. Two BIA Regions (Southwest and Western) have completed Spatial Fire Management Plans with two additional projects taking place in two additional regions.

Units do not currently require a spacial fire management plans; however, the goal is to develop a process to improve Wildland Fire Management Plans so information is more useful and easily accessible, especially during times when emergency decision making is necessary. These plans also minimize unnecessary information in the spatial narrative. The BIA template is consistent with and meets the intent of the 2009 Wildland Fire Management Plan template all Department of Interior Agencies use. 

Spatial Wildland Fire Management Planning

Contact: Reeve Armstrong

Interagency Fire Management Planning Planning Maps

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