The Interagency Prescribed Fire Planning and Implementation Procedures Guide establishes national interagency standards for the planning and implementation of prescribed fire. These standards: 1) Describe what is minimally acceptable for prescribed fire planning and implementation. 2) Provide consistent interagency guidance, common terms and definitions, and standardized procedures. 3) Make clear that firefighter and public safety is the first priority. 4) Ensure that risk management is incorporated into all prescribed fire planning and implementation. 5) Support safe, carefully planned, and cost-efficient prescribed fire operations. 6) Support use of prescribed fire to reduce wildfire risk to communities, municipal watersheds and other values, and to benefit, protect, maintain, sustain, and enhance natural and cultural resources. 7) Support use of prescribed fire to restore natural ecological processes and functions, and to achieve land-management objectives.