The Regional Risk Analysis Reports were completed by three Regional Strategy Committees (RSC), each comprised of representatives from federal, state, local and tribal governments and non-governmental organizations with interests in wildland fire management. They contain key elements that can be integrated into strategies for addressing the shared goals of the Cohesive Strategy:
Response to wildland fire
Wildland fire management challenges for our fire departments are formidable and growing more complex given the diversity of our landscapes, demographics, and social values, said Chief Hank Clemmensen, IAFC president and chairman of the board. These challenges present the need to unite stakeholders in comprehensively identifying strategies for the future of fire management and the cohesive strategy process has given us that opportunity.
Across the United States, the Regional Risk Analysis Reports were developed through a collaborative public process and apply science data to explore regionally specific approaches and options for wildland fire management. They have been designed as practical decision-support tools for wildland fire management agencies including local fire departments, non-governmental organizations and local communities.
The reports suggest how key options can be integrated into a strategy, and include:
Examples of how to braid federal, state, local and private interests
Ideas on how projects and funds can be better aligned and leveraged
Profiles of success that have blended experience to build stronger collaborations
Next Steps: Input Needed on Action Plans
During this third and final phase of the Cohesive Strategy development, the three RSCs will work with fellow stakeholders and partners to construct Regional Action Plans, building on foundational elements and momentum of the regional reports. Action Plans will define and document the actions intended for implementation over the course of the next five years.
The recommendations and strategies identified in these reports can make lasting improvements to the safety of our communities and health of our landscapes, continued Clemmensen. It’s important that local fire chiefs continue to take part in the cohesive strategy process.
The IAFC’s Wildland Fire Policy Committee (WFPC) is leading the association’s participation in the Cohesive Strategy programs. For more information on how to get involved contact the WFPC staff liaison or reach out to the chair of the RSG in your region.
About the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC)
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Following a 10-year strategy, ACT fire managers have created a mosaic across the landscape of different fuel levels, burning at every opportunity.
But forests have been too wet to burn this spring and the past two summers.
A network of 500 fire trails and strategic burns along the north-west urban edge, heavy grazing and extra grass slashing will create a fortress for the territory which forecasters say faces a higher than average risk this summer.
After a fire-fuelled tornado in January 2003 killed four Canberrans and frightened thousands more, CSIRO fire expert Phil Cheney told the subsequent inquiry the fire’s penetration into urban areas under extreme conditions did not reflect a failure of fuel management on the urban interface.