The Bert Fire, June 2016. Photos: Jonathan Barrett, Kaitlin Webb and Art Gonzales, Kaibab National Forest.
Shifting the Paradigm to Managing Fires
for Their Natural Role
The paradigm around managing wildland fire is beginning to shift. The vision of the Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy is to safely and effectively extinguish fire, when needed; use fire where allowable, manage our natural resources; and as a nation, live with wildland fire.
In order to fully realize this vision, stakeholders must acknowledge their risk and be willing to take some risk in the short-term for the longer term benefit of landscape resiliency, fire adapted communities and a safe and effective wildfire response.
This vision, and its inherent acceptance of risk and willingness to take some risk, has been employed in the Southwest for well past a decade. The Bert Fire is underway now and managers are taking advantage of the right conditions to engage this strategy - protecting what's valuable, and managing the lightning-caused fire so it can play its natural role on this landscape. With public support! Read more here
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