Prevention

Risk Management

Fire and aviation activities occur in a dynamic, high-risk environment. The mixture of people, machines, technology, and the forces of nature create a highly complex workplace that—in a relatively short period of time—can rapidly transition from routine to unpredictable and chaotic.

The Northern Region's Fire, Aviation and Air personnel routinely encounter numerous and varied inherent risks in managing fire. We work safely and effectively with the core value that no resource or facility is worth the loss of human life.

Firefighters waiting to board a helicopter.


 

Planned Ignitions

Planned ignitions, also called prescribed fires, maximize the use of natural barriers to achieve landscape-scale results identified in each forest’s land management or fire plan and help reduce future risk by reducing available fuels. We recognize that prescribed fire occurs in a dynamic, fluid environment requiring a tactical approach that is sensible and flexible. Planned ignitions to reduce hazardous fuels are a priority in wildland-urban interface areas to minimize future risk for large, high intensity wildfires.

Prescribed treatments are designed to meet ecological and social goals, and promote fire adapted communities in the Northern Region's wildland-urban interface. These treatments are central to restoring the health and condition of the Northern Region's forests and grasslands, and are necessary to increase their resilience to the effects of wildland fire. Prescribed fire and a variety of management strategies on wildfires are essential to maintaining/improving high value watersheds and wildlife habitats in a properly functioning condition.
 



https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/r1/fire-aviation/prevention