Exploring information needs for wildland fire and fuels management
Document Type: Report
Author(s): Carol L. Miller; Peter B. Landres
Publication Year: 2004

Cataloging Information

  • catastrophic fires
  • computer program
  • crown fires
  • decision support
  • ecosystem dynamics
  • fire danger rating
  • fire hazard reduction
  • fire management
  • fire management planning
  • fire suppression
  • firefighting personnel
  • fuel accumulation
  • fuel management
  • GIS - geographic information system
  • grazing
  • heavy fuels
  • herbicide
  • invasive species
  • land management
  • management plan
  • recreation
  • strategic planning
  • US Forest Service
  • WFU - wildland fire use
  • wildfires
  • wildland fuels
  • wildlife habitat management
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Record Last Modified: June 1, 2018
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Tall Timbers Record Number: 23903
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We report the results of a questionnaire and workshop that sought to gain a better and deeper understanding of the contemporary information needs of wildland fire and fuels managers. Results from the questionnaire indicated that the decision to suppress a wildland fire was most often influenced by factors related to safety and that the decision to allow a fire to burn was influenced by a variety of factors that varied according to land management objectives. We also found that managers anticipated an increase in the use of wildland fire, but that these increases will be moderate due to a variety of constraints that will continue to limit the use of wildland fire. From the workshop, we learned that managers will need to become increasingly strategic with their fire and fuels management planning, and that the information used to support tactical fire operations may prove to be insufficient. Furthermore, the managers participating in the workshop indicated the functional linkage between land management and fire management planning is lacking. We suggest that effective fire management planning requires information on the benefits and risks to a wide variety of values at landscape scales, integration with land management objectives, and a long-term perspective.

Online Link(s):
Miller, Carol; Landres, Peter. 2004. Exploring information needs for wildland fire and fuels management. General Technical Report RMRS-GTR-127. Fort Collins, CO: USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 36 p.

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