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Prescribed Fire Treatments

The natural role of fire is an essential part of the ecological process. Using fire as a tool to achieve resource management objectives may be the only effective tool resource managers have to restore the natural balance of the wildland on a large-scale.

Prescribed burning is that tool. It is the deliberate and careful application of fire on a landscape. Each application, called a "fuels treatment", may be a singular event, or be used in combination with other mechanical treatments to reduce fuel build-up. In fire-adapted systems, fire should be present on a recurring cycle consistent with the natural fire regimes to sustain ecosystem functionality. 

Prescribed burning is that tool. It is the deliberate and careful application of fire on a landscape. Each application, called a "fuels treatment", may be a singular event, or be used in combination with other mechanical treatments to reduce fuel build-up. In fire-adapted systems, fire should be present on a recurring cycle consistent with the natural fire regimes to sustain ecosystem functionality.           

BIA Policy Documents

NWCG Fuels Management Committee

  • Fuels Management Committee
  • Interagency Publications
    • PMS - 424 Prescribed Fire Complexity Rating System Guide
    • PMS - 430 Interagency Standards for Wildland Fire Module Operations
    • PMS - 481 Fire Effects Guide
    • PMS - 484 Interagency Prescribed Fire Planning and Implementation Procedures Guide (2004)
    • PMS - 485 Agency Administrator Ignition Authorization 
    • PMS - 486 Prescribed Fire Go/No-Go Checklist