Federal Fire Management Policy
Federal policy that dictates fire management on federal public lands (including national forest lands in the Sierra Nevada) has evolved significantly over the last two decades. The following documents we've posted here include the existing policy that was amended in 2001, the 2009 updated implementation guide for fire management agencies, and the final phase National Strategy.
These policy documents are essential to understand how fire is managed on federal lands in California's national forests. Each individual natural forest is also required to have a fire management plan. Forest Plan revisions provide an important avenue through which to support the new National Strategy, which calls for an increase in prescribed fire and wildland fire use to reduce fuels and promote fire resilience in our forests.
Please explore all the pages in the "In this section" menu to your left. Managing fire and prescribed fire are the theme of this section of our website, and each page has additional information and links to science literature, policy documents, etc. relating to prescribed fire and its vital role in the health and ecology of the forests of the Sierra Nevada--and its role in preventing tragic and unneccesary losses of life and property from uncontrollable fire.
Download the policy documents here.
Black, A. et al. 2004. Wildland Fire Use: The "Other" Treatment Option. Environmental Consequences Fact Sheet #6, from Fuels Planning: Science Synthesis and Integration. USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Research Note RMRS-RN-23-6-WWW.
California Policies for Prescribed Burning
In addition, Title 17 of the California Code of Regulations provide guidance for agricultural burning, download below. We've also included a CARB Fact Sheet for prescribed burning and smoke management. Download the documents, below.
Additional Links and Research
Dombeck, M. P., J. E. Williams, and C. A. Wood. 2004. Wildfire policy and public lands: integrating scientific understanding with social concerns across landscapes. Conservation Biology 18, 883-889 (218KB PDF).