The New Normal: Wildfire in the 21st Century
Media Type: Video
  • Tessa Nicolet
    US Forest Service, Southwestern Region
  • Bill Van Bruggen
    US Forest Service
  • Duane Chapman
    Bureau of Indian Affairs
  • Dee Randall
  • Josh McDaniel
    Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center
Distribution Contact(s):
  • Southwest Fire Science Consortium
Recording Date: September 15, 2015

Cataloging Information

  • 2014 Skunk Fire
  • fire intensity
  • fire management
  • fire reintroduction
  • fire suppression effects
  • Slide Fire
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Record Last Modified: June 6, 2019
FRAMES Record Number: 56723


There is growing recognition that many forests need fire to thin dense vegetation that chokes forest health and creates favorable settings for more destructive fires. Also, climate change has produced hotter, drier weather across the West, and this has directly led to more extreme wildfire behavior over the past few decades. Firefighters are changing tactics and strategies in response to this “new normal.” They’re managing fires in ways that benefit the landscape long-term, even while actively suppressing fire. In 2014, three fires – the Slide Fire near Flagstaff, the San Juan Fire on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, and the Skunk Fire on the San Carlos Apache Reservation – typified this new fire management model, and are prime examples of the changing realities of wildfire in the Southwest.

Recording Length: 0:09:24
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