Fire and Aviation

Welcome to the Superior National Forest Fire and Aviation page.  The Superior has a large and diverse fire program.  With a variety of fuel types and well-established historical fire patterns, the Superior National Forest has proven to be a challenging environment to manage. 

The Superior National Forest lies within a boreal forest system where natural fire occurrence is common.  The Forest also provides for a variety of recreational and management activities which sometimes result in unwanted human-caused fires. 

 Fire management is an integral part of Land and Resource Management on the Superior National Forest.  Fire plays a natural role in achieving long-term goals of ecosystem health. 

 Wildland fire management decisions and resource management decisions go hand in hand and are based on approved Fire Management and Land and Resource Management Plans.   Wildland fire, as a critical natural process, may be reintroduced into the ecosystem where human life, property, or resource values are not at risk. 

 In all cases, protection of human life is the first priority in wildland fire management. Property and resource values are the second priority, with management decisions based on values to be protected.  For more information regarding fire management on the Superior National Forest:

WILDFIRE

PRESCRIBED FIRE

PARTNERSHIPS

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO REDUCE FIRE RISKS

AIR QUALITY, SMOKE, and HEALTH

 For updates regarding current incidents or fire activity on the Superior National Forest and nation-wide: www.inciweb.org

Current fire activity or emergencies in Minnesota, see the Minnesota Incident Command System web site:  www.mnics.org

FIRE MANAGEMENT AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL 

Fire managers have the ability to choose from the full spectrum of fire management options, from prompt suppression to allowing fire to function in its natural ecological role. There are Forest Service-specific and interagency policies and study recommendations that guide fire management decisions.  For more information, see:

http://www.fs.fed.us/fire/index.html  and  www.nifc.gov

 

LITERATURE FOR REVIEW

 

About balsam fir:   Natural history     Taxonomy

Fire and the Wildland Urban Interface:

Wildfire, Wildlands, and People - Understanding and Preparing for Wildfire in the Wildland Urban Interface (USDA Forest Service)

Fires in the Wildland/Urban Interface (U.S Fire Administration)

Review of Fuel Treatment Effectiveness (USDA Forest Service)

Forest Management and Fire:

Difference Engine: Fire on the Mountain (Babbage, Science and Technology)

"Let it burn" - Prescribed Fires Pose Little Danger to Forest Ecology, Study Says (UC Berkely study)

The Effects of Forest Fuel Reduction (USDA Forest Service)

Science Basis for Changing Forest Structure to Modify Wildfire Behavior and Severity (USDA Forest Service)

Historic Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Fire Information:

Fire in the Virgin Forests of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, Minnesota (Heinselman)

Smoke Management:

Minnesota Smoke Management Plan

Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPP)s:

CWPPs in the Superior National Forest Area

About Firewise:

Firewise Communities