This summer the National Prescribed Fire Resource Mobilization Strategy was released. The plan calls for six prescribed fire implementation teams to be created that will incorporate prescribed fire practitioners and expertise into a management structure. This concept would support the implementation of prescribed fire at multiple organizational and complex levels. These teams would be tailored to meet specific needs and facilitate multiple projects simultaneously. Each function that supports the implementation of prescribed burning can be scaled up or down at any level, to ensure that logistical, financial, planning, safety, and public information are staffed accordingly.
The existing wildfire coordination system would be expanded to include prescribed fire which supports the evolution of a multi-mission wildland fire coordination system. This in turn includes a prescribed fire coordination system at all levels. The prescribed fire coordination team would work together to ensure that all resources are available to support the needs of any prescribed burn projects.
When resources get assigned, the “closest forces concept” would come into play. The considers the geographically closest available and qualified resources as an option. This concept would take advantage of local expertise and reduce the complexities associated with mobilization and support of nonlocal resources.
All in all, this is a great win for prescribed fire. Click here to read the full strategy!