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  1. This document is contained within the Fire Management Toolbox on Since other related resources found in this toolbox may be of interest, you can visit this toolbox by visiting the following URL: All toolboxes are products of the Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center.

  2. The Wilderness Resource Advisor Working With Fire Use Management Teams Presentation Objectives • Discuss the Basics of Fire Use • Discuss How To Work Effectively With Teams & Information the Team Will Need • Describe What To Expect From a FUMT • Describe Roles and Responsibilities • Discuss WFRAs Desired Qualifications

  3. Fire Use Authorizing Documents “Wildland Fire is based on approved Fire Management Plans…”

  4. Wildland Fire Use-Definition “The application of the appropriate management response to naturally ignited wildland fires to accomplish specific resource management objectives in predefined designated areas outlined in Fire Management Plans.” “Wildland fire will be used to protect, maintain, and enhance resources and, as nearly as possible, be allowed to function in its natural ecological role.”


  6. WFIP Stage One-Content • StrategicFire Size-Up • Availability of resources • C. Decision Criteria Checklist • D. Initial Management Action • E. Special hazards and concerns • F. Safety Concerns • G. Values at Risk • H. Operational Plan • I. Periodic Fire Assessment Stage 1 content • Fire Assessment • WFIP Stage One • Decision Criteria Checklist, • aka, “Go-No Go Checklist” • B. Initial Management Actions • C. Periodic Fire Assessment

  7. DECISION CRITERIA CHECKLIST (GO-NO GO) • DECISION ELEMENT YES NO • Is there a threat to life, property, or public and ___ ___ • firefighter safety that cannot be mitigated? • Are potential effects on cultural and natural ___ ___ • resources outside the range of desired effects? • Are relative risk indicators and/or risk • assessment results unacceptable to the ___ ___ • appropriate Agency Administrator? • Is there other proximate fire activity that limits ___ ___ • or precludes successful management of this fire? • Are there other Agency Administrator issues that ___ ___ • preclude wildland fire use? • A “Yes” response to any of the questions indicates a suppression oriented action.

  8. WFIP Stages 2 and 3 Stage 2 “…defines management action in response to a changing fire condition.” Stage 3 “…defines management action in response to an escalating fire situation, potential for long duration, and increased need for management activity…”

  9. Fire Use Management Resources Fire Use Manager 2 (FUMA2) Fire Use Module Fire Use Management Team

  10. High Complexity WFU Event(Utilizing A Fire Use Team) Additional support staff and trainees may be requested by the FUMT depending upon the specific situation.

  11. The Team Written Delegation Specifies Key Items • Resource Advisor(s) • Resources of Concern • Protection Responsibility • Jurisdiction, Coordination • Agency Administrator(s) Role, Responsibility • Intrusions-Definition, Authority to Authorize, Tracking

  12. Briefing Package >Basic Contact Information Phone Lists, Radio System, >Service & Supply Plan, >Land & Fire Management Plan,

  13. Resource Information Management Concerns Maps, Data Bases Water Sources, Aviation Considerations, Remote Camp Concerns, Cultural Resources, Threatened, Endangered & Sensitive Species Smoke

  14. Working With the Team Understanding Roles Planning Meetings, Briefings Incident Action Plans Informal Coordination

  15. Technology Orthographic Photos & IR Imagery

  16. Long Range Fire Use Planning • Management Actions, Both Long & Short Term.. • Development and Implementation of The Wildland Fire Implementation Plan (Stage III).. • Long Term Assessments of Fire Behavior & Weather.. • Development of MMA (Maximum Manageable Area)..

  17. Prework and/or ID Meeting With the Team >fuels, fire history >structures-protect? >TE&S >fisheries, wildlife >cultural resources >outfitters and guides >grazing permittee >recreation structures bridges, signs

  18. Safety of Personnel, Permittee, Public • Agency personnel-location, contact • Permittee-operations location, timing, contact • Public >areas of concentrated use >closure process and timing >coordination >notification, posting

  19. Unusual Recreation Uses

  20. Ensure Understanding of Fisheries or Watershed Concerns

  21. Identify Water Approved Water Sources

  22. Unusual Permitted Uses DOW Cabin

  23. Structure Protection

  24. Damaged Trail Bridge

  25. Protection of Cultural Resources

  26. Primitive Skills, Minimum Tool

  27. Opportunities to Be Proactive Opportunities To Be Proactive

  28. Trail Debris Addressing Impacts

  29. Your Background, Interactions, Qualifications

  30. Why Fire Use

  31. Review Presentation Objectives >Discuss the Basics of Fire Use >Discuss How To Work Effectively With Teams & Information the Team Will Need >Describe What To Expect From a FUMT >Describe Roles and Responsibilities >Discuss WFRAs Desired Qualifications

  32. Trappers Lake “A conservationist is one who is humbly aware that with each stroke he is writing his signature on the face of the land.” Aldo Leopold, 1949, A Sand County Almanac

  33. Cowboy’s Guide… “No matter who says what, don’t believe it if it don’t make sense.” Conclusion “The length of a conversation don’t tell nothing about the size of the intellect.”