For decades, we fought fire. First with hand tools and strong
backs, then with aircraft and engines, we engaged fire in the wildlands
and put it out. We became good at it, among the best in the world.
But science has changed the way we think about wildland fire and
the way we manage it. We still fight it, especially to protect communities
and the resources people need—but we also use it to make forests
and grasslands healthier and to protect communities and natural
resources, especially clean, abundant water.
We still use hand tools and strong backs, aircraft and engines.
And we are still the best wildland fire organization in the world.
But we recognize the role of natural fire in the health of many
ecosystems, and we continue to move forward through research and
technology to understand and manage fire better, so when we need
to put it out, we can. And when we need to use it, we can do that
too—more safely, more effectively than 100 years ago, but
not as well as we will 100 years from now.
crosses all boundaries and jurisdictions. Meeting the challenges
of wildfire calls for an all-lands, all-hands approach
that will leverage the assets and expertise of partners across
the nation's landscapes. Through the National Cohesive Wildland
Fire Management Strategy, federal, state, and local governments;
tribes; and non-government organizations are building the
framework that will promote resilient ecosystems, protect
communities, and provide effective response to wildfire. Read
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