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Angeles Fuels Program

This video explores what makes a fire in the West unique, and demonstrates the importance and benefits of healthy fire to forest ecosystems.

The Angeles National Forest Fuels program mission is to manage fuels at the landscape scale to restore and maintain fire-resilient landscapes that are compatible with their historical fire return interval, a core goal of the Cohesive Strategy.

This is achieved through:

Prescribed Fire

firefighter putting water on burn pile

A firefighter puts water on a pile during the Clear Creek Fuel Reduction Program in 2017 (USDA Forest Service Photo by Andrew Mitchell).

One of the more effective and cost-efficient means of managing vegetation for multiple purposes, including hazard reduction, ecosystem restoration or maintenance, silviculture, and others. It is an effective tool in areas with fire-adapted or fire-dependent vegetation that has evolved with fire. Broad areas of the country have the potential for prescribed fire use based on their natural fire regime, vegetation, and level of human development. Learn more about Angeles' use of prescribed fire...

Managing wildfire for resource objectives

This refers to a specific choice to use unplanned ignitions to achieve resource management objectives. Like prescribed fire, allowing wildfires to burn for the purposes of ecosystem restoration or hazard reduction has inherent risks. These risks must be balanced with the potential benefits on an individual incident basis. Due to statutory constraints and inherent risks this tool has limited potential across the U.S.

Fuel Treatments using mechanical, biological, or other non-fire methods

A variety of methods can be used to change vegetation composition, structure, and ladder fuels, which will help reduce fire hazards. These include mechanical thinning, clearing debris in forests or mowing in rangelands, among others. The opportunities include using timber markets to offset costs of mechanical fuels, using mechanical (mowing), chemical (herbicide) or biological control (grazing). The advantage of these methods is that they offer greater control over the outcome and reduce the risk of unintended consequences. The disadvantage is that these usually have a higher economic cost, but in some cases, the costs can be offset by active economic markets for the byproducts of the treatment.

Did you Know?

Under the guidance of the National Fire Plan, the use of fuel treatments to reduce the likelihood of uncharacteristic fires by the Forest Service has nearly doubled since its inception in 2001. However, the results of this national assessment suggest that the rate of fuel treatment implementation needs to be increased and that proactive wildfire management needs to be an important part of the solution. From 2008 to 2012, about 2 percent of National Forest System lands were disturbed annually by fuel treatments and wildfire.

This equates to half of the area that would have been expected to burn historically. The highest 21 wildfire hazard classes had the lowest percentage of the area treated and the highest incidence of wildfire suggesting that an alternative distribution of fuel treatment locations will likely improve program effectiveness.

Defensible Space

defensible space graphicIt takes the combination of defensible space and the hardening of your home to give your house the best chance of surviving a wildfire.

Hazardous Fuels Reduction

pile of brush about to be burnedWe are preparing for wildfires while improving the overall health of the forest through fuel mitigation projects.

PALS info

person using chainsawProject Activity Level (PAL) is a decision support tool designed to establish the level of industrial precaution for the following day.





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