Prescribed natural fire strategies and tactics
Document Type: Conference Paper
Author(s): D. E. Poncin
Coordinator(s): J. K. Brown; R. W. Mutch; C. W. Weatherspoon; R. H. Wakimoto
Publication Year: 1995

Cataloging Information

  • droughts
  • fire intensity
  • fire management
  • fire suppression
  • fuel loading
  • fuel types
  • prescribed fires (chance ignition)
  • season of fire
  • wildfires
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Record Last Modified: August 1, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 47915
Tall Timbers Record Number: 23938
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: A13.88:INT-320
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Decision making for managers in a fire situation can be very complicated. The information brought to the decision maker must be well though out and accurate. Before meaningful strategy can be formulated, realistic agreed-upon objectives for the incident are needed. With objectives documented, they act as screens for the strategy and further test the tactics that are developed once the general strategy emerges and is agreed to. The prescription for action on the incident is the tactics. These are determined after the objectives and strategy are in place. Many forces are at work that have the ability to cause change in strategy and tactics: fuels, terrain, weather, availability of resources, political agreement with objectives. Risk is an important factor. Success in the prescribed natural fire program often depends on the manager's capacity to take risks.

Poncin, D. E. 1995. Prescribed natural fire strategies and tactics, 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. 133-135,General Technical Report INT-GTR-320.