Climate change, the growth of communities into wildlands,
and the buildup of flammable vegetation have made managing fire
riskier and more complex. To meet the challenge, the Forest Service
and its partners in tribal, federal, state, and local governments
are cooperating in a new strategy for managing wildland fire. The
strategy has three parts: ecosystem restoration, community preparedness,
and wildfire response.
Although the wildfire environment
is becoming more complex, one thing has not changed: Firefighter
and public safety is our highest priority. No structure or natural
resource is worth a human life.
Did you know fire
can be good for people and the land? After many
of fire exclusion, an ecosystem that needs periodic fire becomes
unhealthy. Trees are stressed by overcrowding; fire-dependent
species disappear; and flammable fuels build up and become
Fire can be good for people and the land. Removing fire from the landscape can cause ecosystems that need periodic fire to become unhealthy: trees are stressed by overcrowding, fire-dependent species disappear, and flammable fuels build up and become hazardous. The Forest Service manages prescribed fires to benefit natural resources and protect communities. However, in some places and under some conditions it may be too difficult to safely use prescribed burning. This is where the mechanical treatment of hazardous fuels can be a valuable tool. more...
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National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho is the command
hub for the nation’s response to wildfires. More than
600 employees from eight federal and state agencies work together
to mobilize aircraft, firefighters, engines, equipment, and
intelligence to respond to wildfire. www.nifc.gov