Success Story: Restoration Camas Prairie Restoration

The restoration of this prairie located in Fairfield, Idaho used prescribed burn techniques in order to improve the habitat and stimulate the growth of camas, a native plant to this area. The restoration process also helps reduce competition for the camas from other species in this prairie.

A photo of a firefighter helping put out fire.

When we see fire, our first response is to put it out. For decades, the Forest Service has done just that when it came to wildland fires. But science has changed the way we think about wildland fire and the way we manage it. We still fight fires, especially if they threaten people and communities, but we understand that fire has a role in nature – one that can lead to healthy ecosystems. 

Fire Research

Night burnout operations help strengthen fireline. Wallow Fire. Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. June 7, 2011. (U.S. Forest Service)The Forest Service conducts cutting-edge research and develops tools to help land managers better understand and manage fire. Our scientists study fire behavior and the effects of fire on ecosystems and society, as well as offer management options.

Fighting Fire

A photo of a Large air tanker drops retardant. Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire DepartmentThe Forest Service responds to more than 50,000-60,000 wildfires across the country each year. We need to be prepared with the best equipment, people and tools in order to attack, control, and prevent forest and grassland fires. Working together, firefighters with ground and air crews employ aviation technology in order to preserve and protect our forests, grasslands, and the communities that surround them. The use of various aviation technologies allows fire crews to  suppress these forest and grassland fires more safely, effectively and faster than ever before.

Fire Forecasting

A photo of a scientist Setting up a remote weather station. Norton Point Fire, Shoshone National Forest, Wyoming, 2011. provide provide much needed decision support information on weather and potential fuels and dangers that will affect a fire’s behavior. This information helps fire managers make important short- and long-term resource and personnel decisions during a wildfire. Decision support tools consist of weekly, monthly and seasonal fire weather/fire danger outlooks, daily briefings and various wildland fire resource and intelligence reports. 

Fire Restoration

A photo of a fire Crew constructing a fireline on the Rim Fire. Aug.- Sept. 2013. (U.S. Forest Service/Mike McMillian)After a wildfire strikes, the Forest Service begins the restoration and rehabilitation process. Restoration encourages the growth of native species, eradicates non-native species, and returns the damaged land back to its original condition by stabilizing the exposed soil, planting new vegetation, and minimizing erosion and downstream flooding.

Burned Area Emergency Response

The purpose of the Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) program is to analyze the severity of damage caused by a fire and implement a proper restoration procedure in order to heal and restore the land to its original condition. 

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