From the text: 'Although management objectives differ among the Teton Wilderness, DESCON areas, and Everglades National Park, there are unifying concepte, or principles: 1. Land Management objectives set the stage regarding subsequent fire management decisions for suppression, allowing a man-caused or lightning fire to burn under observation, or prescibed burning 2. A fundamental understanding of the role of fire as an ecosystem process is a prerequisite to decision making. 3. Consideration is given to public safety, property values, value of adjacent resources, and smoke factors during the development of prescriptions, or fire management guidelines. 4. Public understaning and support are mandatory for these programs to succeed. Today people are hard at work gaining public understanding and acceptance for prescribed fire programs Our recent experiences have indicated that the various publics are most supportive of these programs when they begin to understand fire as an ecosystem process. Stankey (1976) investigated the attitudes and knowledge of wilderness visitors toward wilderness fire suppression policy. A major finding of this study was that as visitor knowledge about the role of fire increased, the likelihood of support for a more natural role for fire also grew.'