The Heart of a Firefighter
About Fire and Aviation Management
In the Southwest and across the country, fire's biological effects profoundly affect forests and grasslands. These "Fire Management" links describe prescribed fire and unwanted wildland fires. Prescribed fire is used as an important natural process in a variety of forest, brush, and prairie ecosystems. Without periodic, low-intensity fires, these ecosystems undergo rapid changes in species composition and structure that, in turn, can lead to catastrophic wildfire, or insect and disease outbreak. Unwanted, catastrophic wildfires must be fought. Aggressive fire suppression must remain an essential cornerstone of the Forest Service mission. We must maintain and strengthen our firefighting capability because of the increasing value of national forest resources and growing private development in the wildland-urban interface.