Minimum Impact Strategies and Tactics Managing Resources During Unplanned Ignitions Workshop (Fire Resource Advisors) Ogden, Utah - January 2009 Prepared by Suzanne Cable Moose Creek Ranger District - Nez Perce National Forest Today’s Discussion Includes
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Managing Resources During
Unplanned Ignitions Workshop
(Fire Resource Advisors)
Ogden, Utah - January 2009
Prepared by Suzanne Cable
Moose Creek Ranger District - Nez Perce National Forest
A few definitions from various sources…
1964 Wilderness Act, Wilderness values:
2324.23 – Fire Management Activities. Conduct all fire management activities within wilderness in a manner compatible with overall wilderness management objectives. Give preference to using methods and equipment that cause the least:
Locate fire camps, helispots, and other temporary facilities or improvements outside of the wilderness boundary whenever feasible.
Rehabilitate disturbed areas within wilderness to as natural an appearance as possible.
Skilled firefighters with the
good leadership, and
a willing attitude
Try to put yourself in the firefighters place – see if from their perspective
Be a good READ: build your credibility, gain experience on the line, maintain your FFT2 qualifications (if possible)
Anytime and anywhere people or tools touch the ground or are dropped from the air!
The Science Part:
…Plus all the other things in your READ kit prepared in advance
The People Part (or Art):
Without compromising firefighter or public safety, MIST should be used for all fire activities, including:
How to know when it’s safe?
Work with the IC and others to:
Burning out can be effective, but requires a high degree of expertise
During planning consider the objectives…
If primarily used for crew shuttles:
Good heli-spots are found not made…
When vegetation removal is needed, provide clear direction for:
(W: or at all?)
Prevent introduction or spread of weeds:
Pulling trees into the cleared landing pad with a hand-operated grip hoist
Rehab after the blast
After the blast
There’s more than one way to do almost everything!
Firefighters under stress often do what they’ve done before and may not think of better ways to do a task – try to help them find a better way
Your success will be measured not only by your management of the fire, but also by the impacts you leave behind.
Following a fire, the effects of the fire may be evident but the impacts of any management actions should not be.
You become a Wilderness Manager