The computer simulation process used by the National Forests and other wildland protection agencies for strategic fire planning evaluates alternatives based on the range of probable fire behavior conditions that may be expected on the unit over a total period of approxiately 10 fire seasons. This approach has been necessary because timely, reliable forecasts of the severity of the fire danger for the coming season have not been available for annual program planning and budget allocation. Consequently, the size and costs of local protection programs in most years are greater or less than required by the general levels of actual fire danger. Methods to forecast long-term fire severity based on available extended information can be realized only if changes are made in the way fire programs are planned and implemented. A proces is suggested that will enable managers to dynamically adjust and implement local and regional seasonal fire programs that are consistent with expected fire workloads based on extended-range forecasts of probable fire danger. © by the Society of American Foresters. Abstract reproduced by permission.