Prescribed natural fire planning considerations: negotiation conflicting goals
Document Type: Conference Paper
Author(s): D. L. Bunnell
Coordinator(s): J. K. Brown; R. W. Mutch; C. W. Weatherspoon; R. H. Wakimoto
Publication Year: 1995

Cataloging Information

  • air quality
  • fire intensity
  • fire management
  • fire size
  • land management
  • private lands
  • rate of spread
  • recreation
  • wilderness areas
  • wildfires
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Record Last Modified: August 1, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 47778
Tall Timbers Record Number: 23772
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: A13.88:INT-320
TTRS Abstract Status: Fair use, Okay, Reproduced by permission

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The decision process involved in developing any plan to manage a prescribed natural fire must consider several divergent resource and management goals. In many cases, these fires may be projected to be, and eventually become, large and long-duration events. The exact final fire location, size, intensity, and timing of its movements will be largely uncertain. The fire will be largely defined by weather events. The uncertainty of these factors requires managers to closely consider the reality of their perceptions. In doing so, they must ultimately qualify and quantify resource objectives as input to the initial decisions involved in developing each individual fire plan.

Bunnell, D. L. 1995. Prescribed natural fire planning considerations: negotiation conflicting goals, in Brown, J. K., Mutch, R. W., Spoon, C. W., and Wakimoto, R. H., Proceedings: symposium on fire in wilderness and park management. Missoula, MT. USDA Forest Service, Internountain Research Station,Ogden, UT. p. 55-62,General Technical Report INT-GTR-320.