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Co-Management of Fire Risk Transmission (CoMFRT)

Partnership Goals

A photo of the CoMFRT Research Team in North Central Washington.
CoMFRT Research Team in North Central Washington.
There is no such thing as a universal solution to the challenges of wildfire management. Consequently, the CoMFRT Partnership explores what people and organizations in different fire-prone landscapes can do and have done to collectively mitigate wildfire risk across land ownerships and jurisdictions.

Supporting the National Cohesive Strategy

The CoMFRT project supports the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy and hazardous fuels program of the USDA Forest Service by contributing to the following goals:

  1. Identify innovative, cross-boundary landscape-scale approaches to managing wildfire hazards;

  2. Improve public and private collaborative capacity to address fire risk in different communities and contexts;

  3. Increase both the ecological and social resilience and reduce risk to communities from wildfire; and

  4. Increase effectiveness of hazardous fuels investments.

The complexities of wildland fire today

CoMFRT draws on different social science perspectives and practitioner knowledge to explore what people and organizations have done and can in different political, cultural, and geographic contexts to manage landscapes for resilience.

  • Wildfires can burn across landscapes without regard to ownership or jurisdiction.

  • Whether it’s public or private land, reducing the exposure of people and property to wildfire involves all who are at risk and all those who make decisions about risk in fire-prone landscapes.

  • As the scale of wildfires grows, the scale of cross-boundary planning and management needs to expand accordingly.

  • The complex suite of components important to wildfire can be represented as the wildland fire system - a complex social and ecological system that assembles in unique ways in different places and drives outcomes in the wildland fire environment.

  • Shared stewardship is about working together in an integrated way to make decisions and take actions toward shared goals.

picture of firefighters with a quote from the Chief of the Forest Service Vicki Christiansen: Our work goes beyond wildfire response: It's about improving forest conditions and helping communities adapt to wildfire.