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                     Rat Hole
                               PRESCRIBED FIRE PLAN
                                                      Bureau of Land Management
 ADMINISTRATIVE UNIT(S)                         Green River Fire Zone – Vernal Field Office


  PRESCRIBED FIRE NAME                                                 Rat Hole


           PREPARED BY                                                       DATE
                                    Hank Barela – RXB2 & Currency (Y)
  FIRE MANAGEMENT
    OFFICER REVIEW                                                           DATE
                                            Troy Suwyn – RXB2
              TECHNICAL
                 REVIEW                                                      DATE
                                 J, Bradley Washa – RXB1 & Currency (Y)

 The approved Prescribed Fire Plan constitutes the delegation of authority to burn. No one has the authority
to burn without an approved plan or in a manner not in compliance with the approved plan. Actions taken in
      compliance with the approved Prescribed Fire Plan will be fully supported. Personnel will be held
   accountable for actions taken which are not in compliance with elements of the approved plan regarding
                        execution of the objectives in a safe and cost-effective manner.


COMPLEXITY                                    MINIMUM BURN BOSS
                         Moderate                                                           RXB2
    RATING                                QUALIFICATION REQUIRED

      NEPA
    NUMBER               UT-080-2002-78               PROJECT               LF31020NW JM0000
                                                      NUMBER                  LFHFRG600000


           APPROVED BY                                                       DATE
                                     Bill Stringer – Green River District
                                                   Manager                            Version - June 2009
Project Name:          Rat Hole                                           Unit Name:          Green River Fire Zone                                Page:         2




                                                             TABLE OF CONTENTS
PRESCRIBED FIRE PLAN COVER WITH SIGNATURES…………………………………1
MANAGEMENT SUMMARY ..................................................................................................... 3
ELEMENT 2 - AGENCY ADMINISTRATOR GO-NO-GO PRE-IGNITION
    APPROVAL CHECKLIST...................................................................................................... 5
ELEMENT 2 - PRESCRIBED FIRE GO-NO-GO CHECKLIST ............................................ 6
ELEMENT 3 - COMPLEXITY ANALYSIS SUMMARY ........................................................ 7
ELEMENT 4 - DESCRIPTION OF PRESCRIBED FIRE AREA ........................................... 8
ELEMENT 5 - OBJECTIVES .................................................................................................... 11
ELEMENT 6 - FUNDING........................................................................................................... 11
ELEMENT 7 - PRESCRIPTION ............................................................................................... 12
ELEMENT 8 - SCHEDULING .................................................................................................. 16
ELEMENT 9 - PRE-BURN CONSIDERATIONS & WEATHER ......................................... 16
ELEMENT 10 - BRIEFING ....................................................................................................... 19
ELEMENT 11 - ORGANIZATION AND EQUIPMENT ........................................................ 20
ELEMENT 12 – COMMUNICATION ...................................................................................... 23
ELEMENT 13 - PUBLIC AND PERSONNEL SAFETY AND MEDICAL........................... 24
ELEMENT 14 - TEST FIRE....................................................................................................... 27
ELEMENT 15 - IGNITION PLAN ............................................................................................ 28
ELEMENT 16 - HOLDING PLAN ............................................................................................ 29
ELEMENT 17 - CONTINGENCY PLAN ................................................................................. 31
ELEMENT 18 - WILDFIRE CONVERSION........................................................................... 32
ELEMENT 19 - SMOKE MANAGEMENT AND AIR QUALITY ........................................ 34
ELEMENT 20 - MONITORING ................................................................................................ 36
ELEMENT 21 - POST-BURN ACTIVITIES ............................................................................ 37
APPENDICES .............................................................................................................................. 38
   APPENDIX A - MAPS ............................................................................................................................................ 39
   APPENDIX B - TECHNICAL REVIEWER CHECKLIST ..................................................................................... 41
   APPENDIX C - COMPLEXITY ANALYSIS ......................................................................................................... 42
   APPENDIX D - JOB HAZARD ANALYSIS / RISK ASSESSMENT .................................................................... 50
   APPENDIX E - FIRE BEHAVIOR MODELING DOCUMENTATION OR
     EMPIRICAL DOCUMENTATION .................................................................................................................... 51
   APPENDIX F – WEATHER / FUELS / FIRE BEHAVIOR / SMOKE OBSERVATIONS .................................... 52
   APPENDIX G - PRESCRIBED FIRE POST BURN EVALUATION .................................................................... 53
   APPENDIX H - AIR OPERATIONS PLAN
Project Name:   Rat Hole                         Unit Name:   Green River Fire Zone              Page:    3

                                        Management Summary

This plan represents an updated Prescribed Fire Plan from the original Rat Hole Prescribed Fire Plan
approved in XXX XX, 200X. This update addresses new National BLM policy found in the Interagency
Prescribed Fire Planning and Implementation Guide (2008), the Bureau of Land Management‟s National
Direction (FA IM-2009-014), and Supplement to the Prescribed Fire Guide. This plan has further been
adjusted to account for the 2009 Rat Hole Wildfire that burned 3100 acres, much of which occurred
within the boundaries of the original Rat Hole Prescribed Fire perimeter. also incorporates 11 additional
compartments that were not in the original plan. The additional units do not increase the complexity as
compartments are burned independent of one another. In the event of a contingency action, complexity
could drop as greater options exist to burn the adjacent unit if fire becomes established in such
compartments.

The Rat Hole unit consists of BLM and Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration
(SITLA) lands located within the Upper Bookcliffs area in the Green River District of the Vernal Field
Office. An EA and Prescribed Fire Plan have been reviewed by (SITLA). If an agreement and signature
to apply fire to SITLA lands cannot be obtained, there would be no fire applied to these lands. A burning
permit from the State of Utah, Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands will be obtained prior to ignition
on (SITLA) lands.

The unit is located in a remote area and the topography is broken with numerous rock outcrops, zones of
sparse vegetation and roads, most of which are capable of containing most of the fire under the
prescription parameters. The Chipeta Prescribed Fire to the west of Rat Hole Canyon and the Indian
Springs Prescribed Fire to the north of Rat Hole Canyon will also help with the containment.

A lightning caused fire started on 7-21-09 on the south face of Rathole Ridge. The fire was not staffed
due to hazardous terrain with very limited access. The fire size grew during that week to approximately
60 acres. On 8-5-09 a wind event pushed the fire up onto the top of Rathole Ridge. It then became
established in South Rathole, Rathole, and Tent Canyons. The fire burned to control lines and natural
barriers that lie within the boundaries of the planned Rat Hole Prescribed Fire and the burn area was
plotted at 1734 acres (see attached map). On 8-8-09 a spot that was undetected from the previous fire run
became established on the southwest end of Moonshine Ridge and burned another 21 acres and increased
until the total acreage was approximately 3100 acres. (See attached map). The Green River District FMO
and Northeastern Utah Forestry, Fire and State Lands Area Manager conducted a site visit and determined
that since these areas lay within the Rat Hole Prescribed Fire boundary the incident would be managed as
a confine/contain fire under appropriate management response to allow for firefighter safety and resource
benefit. This burn plan will encompass all unburned areas within boundaries that were scheduled to be
ignited under the original burn plan. Unit perimeters have been identified for administrative and planning
purposes only. Prescribed fire that exceeds these identified boundaries will not constitute an escape. Fire
exceeding the identified project boundaries will be managed appropriately with firefighter and public
safety as the primary consideration governing fire containment and control.




Vegetation is comprised of mostly sagebrush bottoms and Oak brush/Serviceberry woodlands in the
lower elevations. There are also some pockets of aspen and fir located . Slopes range from 1-80 percent
with the general direction being north.

Fire entering lands under the agreement will not be considered an escape unless it is considered to be a
threat to the project boundary or fire crosses the Atchee Ridge road into Colorado. Control measures will
Project Name:    Rat Hole                             Unit Name:     Green River Fire Zone                 Page:     4

be put into place to minimize the risk to developments and resources not that of the Green River District
Fire Zone of the Vernal BLM Field Office.

General objectives are to reduce cover of sagebrush and oak/serviceberry by 50% in the treatment area,
enhance wildlife cover, wildlife corridor travel routes, reduce hazard fuel build up along private and other
management area administered lands, and re-introduce fire into its natural role in the ecosystem.

The desire to make changes with elements associated with these burns can only be made by the
Prescribed Fire Burn Boss when justified as safe and cost effective. Changes permitted include, minor
boundary adjustments, minor changes in the amount or type of holding and ignition resources required, or
changes in the ignition pattern(s), techniques, and/or sequences. Such changes will be noted in the Unit
Log and on the prescribed fire plan with the Prescribed Fire Burn Boss‟s initial and date. On-site changes
to the prescribed fire plan will not include changes to the objectives or the fire behavior prescriptions.

Values at risk:
The Uintah and Ouray Agency Tribal Business Committee have requested that no fire be allowed to infringe on
lands owned by tribal members in the vicinity of the proposed burns, specifically in the Bitter Creek drainage.

Several archaeological sites have been identified within the burn area and steps will be taken to mitigate these prior
to implementation. (See pre-burn work and blacklining sections.)
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ELEMENT 2 - AGENCY ADMINISTRATOR GO-NO-GO PRE-IGNITION APPROVAL
                           CHECKLIST

Instructions: The Agency Administrator‟s Go-No-Go Pre-Ignition Approval is the intermediate planning
review process (i.e. between the Prescribed Fire Complexity Rating System Guide and Go-No-Go
Checklist) that should be completed before a prescribed fire can be implemented. The Agency
Administrator‟s Go-No-Go Pre-Ignition Approval evaluates whether compliance requirements, Prescribed
Fire Plan elements, and internal and external notifications have been or will be completed and expresses
the Agency Administrator‟s intent to implement the Prescribed Fire Plan. If ignition of the prescribed fire
is not initiated prior to expiration date determined by the Agency Administrator, a new approval will be
required.

YES     NO                                 KEY ELEMENT QUESTIONS
                Is the Prescribed Fire Plan up to date?
                Hints: amendments, seasonality.
                Will all compliance requirements be completed?
                Hints: cultural, threatened and endangered species, smoke management, NEPA.
                Is risk management in place and the residual risk acceptable?
                Hints: Prescribed Fire Complexity Rating Guide completed with rational and mitigation
                measures identified and documented?
                Will all elements of the Prescribed Fire Plan be met?
                Hints: Preparation work, mitigation, weather, organization, prescription, contingency
                resources
                Will all internal and external notifications and media releases be completed?
                Hints: Preparedness level restrictions
                Will key agency staff be fully briefed and understand prescribed fire implementation?
                Are there any other extenuating circumstances that would preclude the successful
                implementation of the plan?
                Have you determined if and when you are to be notified that contingency actions are being
                taken? Will this be communicated to the Burn Boss?
                Other:



RECOMMENDED BY                                                                 DATE
                              FMO/Fuels Specialist/Prescribed Fire Burn Boss


        APPROVED BY                                                            DATE
                                          Agency Administrator

          APPROVAL
        EXPIRES (date)
Project Name:     Rat Hole                            Unit Name:       Green River Fire Zone              Page:         6

                  ELEMENT 2 - PRESCRIBED FIRE GO-NO-GO CHECKLIST
                                                                                                         YES      NO
A.    Has the burn unit experienced unusual drought conditions or contain above normal fuel
      loadings which were not considered in the prescription development? If NO proceed with
      checklist below, if YES go to item B.
B.    Has the prescribed fire plan been reviewed and an amendment and technical review been
      completed; or has it been determined that no amendment is necessary? If YES to any, proceed
      with checklist below, if NO, STOP.


YES       NO                                                QUESTIONS
                  Are ALL pre-burn fire prescription elements met?

                  Are ALL smoke management specifications met?

                  Has ALL required current and projected fire weather forecast been obtained and are they favorable?

                  Are ALL planned operations personnel and equipment on-site, available, and operational?

                  Has the availability of ALL contingency resources been checked, and are they available?

                  Have ALL personnel been briefed on the project objectives, their assignment, safety hazards,
                  escape routes, and safety zones?

                  Have all the pre-burn considerations identified in the Prescribed Fire Plan been completed or
                  addressed?

                  Have ALL the required notifications been made?

                  Are ALL permits and clearances obtained?

                  In your opinion, can the burn be carried out according to the Prescribed Fire Plan and will it meet
                  the planned objective?

If ALL answers are YES, proceed with the test fire. Document the conditions, location and results on the
Test Fire Provision Worksheet and Unit Log. Concurrence is documented by the signatures below. The
Go-No-Go Checklist will be completed each day of active ignition.


                SIGNED                                                             DATE
                                         Prescribed Fire Burn Boss

     CONCURRENCE                                                                   DATE
                                        Ignition Specialist Function

     CONCURRENCE                                                                   DATE
                                         Holding Specialist Function
Project Name:    Rat Hole                        Unit Name:    Green River Fire Zone              Page:   7

                     ELEMENT 3 - COMPLEXITY ANALYSIS SUMMARY

                 ELEMENT                                        POTENTIAL               TECHNICAL
                                                RISK
                                                               CONSEQUENCE              DIFFICULTY
    1. Potential for Escape                                                            Low
                                          Low                  Low
    2. The Number and Dependence          Low                  Moderate                Moderate
       of Activities
    3.   Off-Site Values                  Low                  Moderate                Moderate
    4. On-Site Values                     Low                  Low                     Low
    5.   Fire Behavior                    Moderate             Low                     Moderate
    6.   Management Organization          Low                  Low                     Moderate
    7.   Public and Political Interest    Low                  Low                     Low
    8.   Fire Treatment Objectives        Low                  Low                     Low
    9. Constraints                        Low                  Low                     Low
    10. Safety                            Moderate             Moderate                Moderate
    11. Ignition Procedures/Methods       Moderate             Moderate                Moderate
    12. Interagency Coordination          Low                  Low                     Low
    13. Project Logistics                 Moderate             Low                     Low
    14. Smoke Management                  Low                  Low                     Low


    COMPLEXITY RATING SUMMARY
                                                                             OVERALL RATING
    RISK                                                                    Moderate
    POTENTIAL CONSEQUENCES                                                  Moderate
    TECHNICAL DIFFICULTY                                                    Moderate
    SUMMARY COMPLEXITY DETERMINATION                                        Moderate
    Rationale

    This project rates a moderate complexity due to the possibility of Aerial Ignition, inaccessible
    terrain for holding forces, multiple agencies on the adjacent borders and the risk to the general
    public. Mitigation actionswill be taken to assure the safety to all fire personnel and the general
    public.
Project Name:   Rat Hole                Unit Name:    Green River Fire Zone             Page:   8

                ELEMENT 4 - DESCRIPTION OF PRESCRIBED FIRE AREA
A. Physical Description

      Legal description:   T        14S          R            25E             S        All

                           T        15S          R            26E             S       1-12

           Latitude         39 36.54 32.63             Longitude              109 06.34 20.48

        Project Acres                                   County                    Uintah

     Primary Unit Acres         3,800                  Drainage                   Rat Hole

        Low elevation           6875                 Average aspect                North

        High elevation          8340                 Average slope                 ALL



                                  Project Boundary
Project Name:   Rat Hole                        Unit Name:   Green River Fire Zone             Page:       9

  The Rat Hole Prescribed Fire is located in the Rat Hole drainage. The project boundaries are
  delineated by Indian Spring Ridge on the north, Bitter Creek to the west and south, and Atchee
  Ridge road on the east. The project is comprised of Two units. Unit One being the northern most unit
  consisting of Moonshine Ridge and Unit Two at the southern end of the project Rat Hole Canyon.
  Due to significant archeological resources, Dry Burn Canyon and Augusi Canyon will be excluded
  from ignition. The elevation is 6875‟ in the valley bottoms to 8340‟ at the ridge tops. The treatment
  area is FBPS fuel model 6 consisting of sagebrush bottoms adjacent to oak/serviceberry uplands with
  some pinyon/ juniper. The higher elevations consist of mixed conifer represented with FBPS fuel
  model 10 in the heads of most of the drainages. The area has a generally north aspect that runs into
  Rat Hole Canyon. The adjacent fuels data is comprised of FBPS Fuel model 10.

  The project area is bordered on the East by the BLM White River Field Office in Garfield County,
  CO. Several prescribed fires in the adjacent areas (Chipeta and Indian Springs), Atchee Ridge road,
  and Rat Hole Ridge will create a good buffer for the project. The Rat Hole wildfire mentioned in the
  Management Summary creates a good western buffer for the drainages of south Rat Hole and Rat
  Hole Canyons, Tent Canyon, and tops of Rat Hole and Moonshine Ridges.

  The Meeker Field Office borders the project area to the east. There are BIA privately owned lands
  that border the south and west side of the project area located in the Bitter Creek drainage. The
  Uintah and Ouray Agency Tribal Business Committee have requested that no fire be allowed to
  infringe on lands owned by tribal members in the vicinity of the proposed burns. The previously
  burned area from the Rat Hole wildfire creates a good buffer protecting these tribal grounds that are
  located at the junction of the Rat Hole and Bitter Creek drainages. Full suppression would take place
  if fire approached these areas. A buffer will be established around the planned burn perimeter, which
  would allow the fire to exceed the planned perimeter and still not be declared an escape. An escape
  will be declared if the fire exceeds 1500 acres outside the project area.

  If the fire exceeds the project boundary, it has been determined in accordance with BLM White
  River Field Office that fire will be allowed to continue onto White River Field Office administered
  lands and will be held at the Atchee Ridge road on the Eastern perimeter of the project area. This has
  been justified for the safety of personnel assigned. There are several natural and manmade barriers
  that will be utilized for containment. On the north side of the project there are several road systems
  as well as the Indian Springs Prescribed Burn area. The West contains the riparian area of Bitter
  Creek with road access and the previous described Rat Hole wildfire. The project area has rock
  outcroppings and sparse fuels on the southern most edge. Due to the access and use of barriers,
  containment with assigned resources should not be an issue.
Project Name:              Rat Hole                      Unit Name:    Green River Fire Zone         Page:   10

B. Vegetation/Fuels Description

                                       Adjacent Fuels Data
C.                FBPS Fuel Model(s)               6             FBPS Fuel Model(s)            10
            NFDRS Fuel Model(s)                    F            NFDRS Fuel Model(s)            G
                           Fire Regime(s)          II                 Fire Regime(s)           IV
           Fire Condition Class(es)                2           Fire Condition Class(es)         2
                           Percent of Area        85%                 Percent of Area          15%
                                  1 hour tlf       .1
                                 10 hour tlf      2.5
                                100 hour tlf       .4
            Fuel Loading




                                1000 hour tlf     N/A
                                Litter depth      1-2”
                                 Duff depth       ¼”
                                Live woody        .25
                              Live herbaceous     0-2
                             Total fuel loading   5-11
Description of Unique Features

 There are BIA privately owned lands that border the south and west side of the project area located in
 the Bitter Creek drainage. The Meeker Field Office borders the project area to the east. The project area
 contains blocks of State (SITLA) lands (see attached map). Several archaeological sites have been
 identified within the burn area.
Project Name:   Rat Hole                          Unit Name:    Green River Fire Zone           Page:     11

                                     ELEMENT 5 - OBJECTIVES
1. Resource Objectives

Apply prescribed fire to at least 50 percent of the project area.

Implement project to result in a mosaic pattern, leaving some openings of 10 acres or larger in the
sagebrush and oak types.

Percentage of removal may vary by 15% plus or minus for all prescribed fire objectives. (Based on
vegetation maps and GPS).

2. Prescribed Fire Objectives

Apply prescribed fire to approximately 4,000 acres of the 8,000-acre project area. Vegetation maps and
GPS will measure results at the completion of the project.

Apply prescribed fire utilizing aerial ignition (PSD) taking advantage of terrain and vegetation types to
create treated areas of 10 acres or larger. Vegetation maps and GPS will measure results at the completion
of the project.

Percentage of removal may vary by 15% plus or minus for all prescribed fire objectives. (Based on
vegetation maps and GPS).


                                       ELEMENT 6 - FUNDING
                                             Funding Source(s)
                   Fuels       Wildlife      Range
    Phase                                              Recreation        Timber         Other    Subtotal
                   2823         1050          1020
Planning &
                      3700          5200          5200                                                11100
Clearances
Burn Plan
                      3000                                                                              3000
Preparation
Site & Line
                      2500                                                                              2500
Preparation
Ignition &
                      9300                                                                              9300
Holding
Mop-up
                      2500                                                                              2500
& Patrol
Monitoring              250          500                                                                750

Subtotal             18750          5700          5200                                                29650
                              These estimated costs are for the entire burn implementation
Grand Total                   and could be from one or more funding sources.
                                                                                                      32150
Project Name:   Rat Hole                        Unit Name:   Green River Fire Zone              Page:   12

                                  ELEMENT 7 - PRESCRIPTION

                                         Acceptable Prescription Range
  A. Blackline
                                                    Desired
     Environmental                  Low Fire                      High Fire                Outside area
                                                     Fire                                  at critical
     Prescription                   Intensity                      Intensity
                                                   Intensity                               holding point
 Temperature (°F)                      N/A                <75                N/A
                                                                                           Minimum
 Relative humidity (%)                 N/A               10-35               N/A
                                                                                           Acceptable
 Mid-flame wind speed                  N/A               0-10                N/A           Moisture
 Wind direction (azimuth°)             N/A                N/A                N/A

 1-hr fuel moisture (%)                N/A                N/A                N/A                N/A

 10-hr fuel moisture (%)               N/A                N/A                N/A                N/A

 100-hr fuel moisture (%)              N/A                N/A                N/A                N/A

 1000-hr fuel moisture (%)             N/A                N/A                N/A                N/A
 Live fuel moisture (%)
                                       N/A               <125                N/A               N/A
 Sagebrush (Artr)
 Duff moisture (%)                     N/A                N/A                N/A                N/A

 Soil moisture (%)                     N/A                N/A                N/A                N/A

 Additional Information

  Prescription specified above is for black lining. These operations may occur at any time of year as
  long as prescription and objectives can be met.
Project Name:   Rat Hole                           Unit Name:   Green River Fire Zone             Page:     13

                                                                                                 Outside
                                              Acceptable Fire Behavior Range                     area at
  B. Blackline Fire Behavior
                                                                                                 critical
     Prescription                         Low Fire         Desired Fire       High Fire          holding
                                          Intensity         Intensity         Intensity           points
  Fuel Model(s)                                6                 6                  6                6
  Rate of Spread (chains/hour)
  Flame Length (in feet)                                        6-30                                30
  Scorch Height (in feet)
  Probability of Ignition (%)
  Spotting Distance (in miles)

  Prescription is defined as the measurable criteria that define a range of conditions during which a
  prescribed fire may be ignited and held as a prescribed fire. Parameters are quantitative variables
  expressed as a range that result in acceptable fire behavior and smoke management. The plan
  prescription will describe a range of low to high limits for the environmental (weather, topography,
  fuels, etc.) and fire behavior (flame lengths, rate of spread, spotting distance, etc.) parameters required
  to meet Prescribed Fire Plan objectives while meeting smoke management and control objectives. If
  the prescription limits are exceeded, the Prescribed Fire Burn Boss must evaluate fire controllability
  and whether fire effects will meet objectives. The Prescribed Fire Burn Boss must take action to ensure
  objectives are being met, or take appropriate actions to maintain control of or secure the fire.


                                   Attach BehavePlus Worksheets
  Fire Behavior Narrative
  Columns should be added if necessary to reflect the number of fuel models within the Acceptable Fire
  Behavior Range. A short fire behavior narrative that summarizes the fire behavior identified in the
  prescription and discusses how it will achieve the desired treatment objectives may be included.
  Fire behavior calculations must be developed using an appropriate fire behavior modeling program.
  Include modeling and/or empirical evidence documentation as an appendix or in the fire behavior
  narrative.
Project Name:    Rat Hole                 Unit Name:     Green River Fire Zone       Page:   14

                                     Acceptable Prescription Range
    C. Primary Ignition
                                                Desired
       Environmental            Low Fire                      High Fire          Outside area
                                                 Fire                            at critical
       Prescription             Intensity                      Intensity
                                               Intensity                         holding point
    Temperature (°F)              55-75            75-85                85-95
                                                                                 Minimum
    Relative humidity (%)         20-25            10-19                  5-9    Acceptable
    Mid-flame wind speed           0-3             5-10                 11-20    Moisture
    Wind direction (azimuth°)     Any              Any                   Any
    1-hr fuel moisture (%)         10                  5-8                >3          2
    10-hr fuel moisture (%)        14                  4-8                >4          3
    100-hr fuel moisture (%)       15              6-12                   >8          6
    1000-hr fuel moisture (%)     N/A              N/A                   N/A         N/A
    Live fuel moisture (%)
    Sagebrush (Artr)            100-120           80-100                65-80         65
    Duff moisture (%)             N/A              N/A                   N/A         N/A

    Soil moisture (%)             N/A              N/A                   N/A         N/A

    Additional Information




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                                                                                                 Outside
                                              Acceptable Fire Behavior Range                     area at
  D. Primary Ignition Fire
                                                                                                 critical
     Behavior Prescription                Low Fire          Desired Fire       High Fire         holding
                                          Intensity          Intensity         Intensity          points
  Fuel Model(s)                                6                  6                  6               6
  Rate of Spread (chains/hour)                8.3                35.9              44.8             45

  Flame Length (in feet)
                                             4-10                6-30             20-50           20-50
  Scorch Height (in feet)
  Probability of Ignition (%)                 80                  90               100
  Spotting Distance (in miles)               0.16                0.17              0.22

  Prescription is defined as the measurable criteria that define a range of conditions during which a
  prescribed fire may be ignited and held as a prescribed fire. Parameters are quantitative variables
  expressed as a range that result in acceptable fire behavior and smoke management. The plan
  prescription will describe a range of low to high limits for the environmental (weather, topography,
  fuels, etc.) and fire behavior (flame lengths, rate of spread, spotting distance, etc.) parameters required
  to meet Prescribed Fire Plan objectives while meeting smoke management and control objectives. If
  the prescription limits are exceeded, the Prescribed Fire Burn Boss must evaluate fire controllability
  and whether fire effects will meet objectives. The Prescribed Fire Burn Boss must take action to ensure
  objectives are being met, or take appropriate actions to maintain control of or secure the fire.


                                   Attach BehavePlus Worksheets
  Fire Behavior Narrative

  The burn boss has the flexibility to mix and match the weather parameters to generate the intensity and
  fire behavior to meet the resource and prescribed fire objectives. Burning within the high intensity
  level the burn boss should use extreme caution and all the holding forces and all additional available
  resource forces should be available.
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                                   ELEMENT 8 - SCHEDULING

A. Ignition Time Frames/Season(s)                 Spring, summer or fall
                                                  1-2 days for black lining and 1-3 days or as
B. Projected Duration                             needed to accomplish objectives for primary
                                                  ignition.
C. Constraints

At National Preparedness Levels Four and Five, prescribed fire implementation needs State FMO
approval.
All prep work and black lines must be completed and in place prior to the primary ignition.
Specified holding forces and equipment must be in place prior to any ignitions and during the
test burn.

All blackline operations will be conducted at the low or desired fire intensity parameters. This
should be accomplished either in mornings or evenings when the greatest humidity recovery is
predicted. This is also when fire intensity and rates of spread are at their lowest potential.


                ELEMENT 9 - PRE-BURN CONSIDERATIONS & WEATHER
A. Considerations
1. On Site

Weather and fuel moistures will be monitored a minimum of one week prior burning in and adjacent to
each treatment unit to identify potential burn windows and ensure compliance with prescription
parameters. Line construction needed to secure the project has been completed. Maps of treatment unit
locations and boundaries along with information on the burn project will be placed at the junction of the
Atchee Ridge Road and Rat Hole Canyon Road. “Prescribed Fire” and “Caution Smoke Ahead” signs
will be placed at junctions and adjacent roads to make public aware of situation if deemed necessary.


All brush removal will be approximately 10 meters wide and all black lines will be approximately 10
meters wide, with the exception of the Culture sites and others as identified.
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2. Off Site

Prior to implementing the prescribed fire, the Uintah Basin Interagency Fire Center will be given a
complete hard copy of the Prescribed Fire Plan. A burning permit will be obtained from the State of Utah
for any burning to occur on SITLA lands.. Project maps and details will be placed at Massey Junction.
Project Name:   Rat Hole                      Unit Name:   Green River Fire Zone            Page:   17

B. Method and Frequency for Obtaining Weather and Smoke Management Forecast(s)
                                       McCook Ridge RAWS located 8 miles to the NW. Upper
Proximity to nearest RAWS              PR Canyon RAWS located 8 mile to the W. QD2 Portable
                                       RAWS located onsite.
Need for on-site RAWS                   X    Yes            No
Additional Information

 An on-site RAWS may be located at the project. Fuel samples will be collected prior to
 ignition to determine burn intensity and effectiveness related to project objectives.

 A Spot Weather Forecast from the National Weather Service is required prior to
 ignition, on each day of the burn. The National Weather Service Grand Junction, CO
 Forecast Office can be reached at 208-232-9316 or 9357 or a spot weather forecast can be
 requested online at http://spot.nws.noaa.gov/cgi-bin/spot/spotmon?site=gjt. The Grand Junction
 NWS Forecast Office requests that a call be made once a spot weather request has been made
 per their Operating Plan.Projected weather beyond the ignition operation should be taken into
 account in order to minimize the risk of a later escape. The local weather phenomenon is
 predominately a west to southwesterly wind flow over the project area. Wind direction may
 vary and wind speeds may increase as the day progresses with up slope/up canyon winds due
 to Rat Hole Drainage. Down slope winds can be expected in the evenings.

 Within Utah, a Clearing Index must be obtained from the National Weather Service to determine if
 smoke management requirements will be met.
    Project Name:   Rat Hole                        Unit Name:      Green River Fire Zone               Page:   18

    C. Notifications


    Information regarding this project will be sent in advance to the local media outlets and posted on
    www.utahfireinfo.gov for the purpose of informing the public about treatment objectives, location(s), and
    potential ignition start date(s).
    When a burn window is identified the local dispatch centers, land management agencies, adjacent
    landowners, and law enforcement will be notified. These notification responsibilities are shared between
    the District FMO, Uintah Basin Interagency Fire Center (UBIFC), the Fire Education and Mitigation
    Specialist, and the Burn Boss.



                                                Phone Number                                               Contact
                Who                  When1                                Responsibility         Date
                                                 and/or e-mail                                              Type2
Green River District Manager        B,D,A       435-781-4400          FMO                                  DC, PC

J. Bradley Washa – Utah BLM                     801-539-4246 (o)
                                    B, A                              Burn Boss                            PC
State Fuels Specialist                          801-558-6998 (c)
Dan Washington – Interagency                    801-539-4151 (o)
                                    B, A                              Burn Boss                            PC
Smoke Management Specialist                     801- 440-1350 (c)
www.utahfireinfo.gov                            801-539-4089
                                                                      Fire Education and
                                    B           Chad_douglas@bl                                            EM
Chad Douglas                                                          Mitigation Specialist
                                                m.gov

Uintah Basin Interagency Fire                                                                              PC
                                    B, D, A     435-789-7021          Burn Boss
Center (UBIFC)

Central Dispatch (Vernal)           B           4350789-4222          UBIFC                                PC

Ashley N.F USFS (Front Desk)        B, A        435-789-1181          UBIFC                                PC

Vernal Field Office BLM (Front      B, A
                                                435-781-4400          UBIFC                                PC
Desk)

Fort Duchesne BIA                   B, A        435-722-2487          UBIFC                                PC

Utah Div. State Lands & Forestry    B, A        435-781-5334          UBIFC                                PC

Tri County Health Dept              B           866-275-0246          UBIFC                                PC
                                                                      Fire Education and
Land owners in project vicinity     B, A                              Mitigation Specialist                DC, PC
                                                                      or Burn Boss
                                                                                            Phone Contact (PC)
                       Before (B): The day prior to burn day.
1                                                                     2                     Phone Message (PM)
    When to Notify     Day of (D): Prior to ignition on burn day.         Contact Type
                                                                                            Direct Contact (DC)
                       After (A): After burn is completed.
                                                                                            E-mail (EM)
Project Name:    Rat Hole                     Unit Name:   Green River Fire Zone         Page:   19

                                    ELEMENT 10 - BRIEFING
Operational Briefing (Responsibility – Prescribed Fire Burn Boss)
        Introduction of Burn Organization
                o Make Crew and Equipment Assignments
        Provide Description of Prescribed Fire Area and Maps
        Review Prescribed Fire Objectives and Constraints
        Review Spot Weather Forecast
        Discuss Weather Data Collection Procedures
                o Make Weather Observer Assignment and Set Collection Schedule
        Review Predicted Fire Behavior
        Review Burn Prescription and Critical Weather that Will Terminate Burn
        Review Ignition Plan and Possible Problems
        Review Aerial Ignition Plan and appropriate safety procedures (if applicable)
        Review Holding Plan and Possible Problems
        Review Contingency and Wildfire Conversion Plan
                o Identify High Value and Areas of Special Concern
                o Identify Mitigation Measures, Procedures, Project Boundary, Etc.
        Review Safety and Medical Plan along with Risk Assessment/JHA
                o Identify On-Site Personnel with Medical and Helitack Qualifications
        Review LCES and Identify Lookout Assignments
        Discuss Communication Plan

Crew Briefing (Responsibility - Ignition Specialist and Holding Specialist Functions)

        Make Crew Assignments, Record Names, and Review Chain of Command
        Make Equipment Assignments and Physically Test Equipment Prior to Ignition
        Assign Radio Frequencies and Physically Test All Radios Prior to Ignition
        Review Contingency Plan, Wildfire Conversion, Procedures, and Mitigation
        Review Everyone's Personal Protective Equipment
        Discuss Probable Starting and Ending Times
        Assure Everyone Knows Position, Responsibility, and Procedures
Project Name:    Rat Hole                           Unit Name:        Green River Fire Zone                  Page:   20

                      ELEMENT 11 - ORGANIZATION AND EQUIPMENT
                                   Minimum Workforce & Equipment
                                    Needed to Conduct Blacklining
A. Positions
                                                        Low                      Desired                 High
Position                       ICS Code or      Total        Line          Total        Line       Total        Line
                                 Unit of       Amount       Building      Amount       Building   Amount       Building
                                 Measure                     Rate                       Rate                    Rate
Prescribed Fire Burn Boss         RXB2             1           0             1                      1
Ignition Specialist Function      FIRB             1                         1                      1
Holding Specialist Function    STLD/TFLD           1                         1                      1
Engine Boss, Assistant, and    ENGB/ENOP
                                                   9                         9                      9
Crew
B. Equipment                                                    0                         0                        0
Type 4 Engines                                                30-36                     30-36                    30-36
                                   each            3                         3                      3
                                                              ch/hr                     ch/hr                    ch/hr
C. Supplies
Drip Troches                       each            5                         5                      5
ATV-0                              each           0-1                       0-1                    0-1
Fusee                              case            1                         1                      1
Total Line Production Rate                                    30-36                     30-36                    30-36

The Line Building Capability Summary identified above is based on Fuel Model 6 and shows only those resources
initially identified for holding under the blackline prescription. If an escape occurs and suppression actions are
taken, it has been determined in accordance with BLM White River Field Office that fire will be allowed to continue
onto White River Field Office administered lands and will be held at the Atchee Ridge road on the Eastern perimeter
of the project area. This has been justified for the safety of personnel assigned. There are several natural and
manmade barriers that will be utilized for containment. On the north side of the project there are several road
systems as well as the Indian Springs RX burn area. The West contains the riparian area of Bitter Creek with road
access. The unit has rock outcroppings and sparse fuels on the southern most edge. The Rat Hole wildfire creates a
good western buffer for the drainages of south Rat Hole and Rat Hole Canyons, Tent Canyon, and tops of Rat Hole
and Moonshine Ridges. Due to the access and use of barriers containment with assigned resources should not be an
issue.



                                   Minimum Workforce & Equipment
                                       Needed to Conduct Burn
B. Positions
                                                        Low                      Desired                 High
Position                       ICS Code or      Total        Line          Total        Line       Total        Line
                                 Unit of       Amount       Building      Amount       Building   Amount       Building
                                 Measure                     Rate                       Rate                    Rate
Prescribed Fire Burn Boss         RXB2                  1                          1                     1
Ignition Specialist Function      FIRB                  1                          1                     1
Holding Specialist Function       ICT4                  1                          1                     1
Resource Advisor                  READ                                             1                     1
Helicopter Manager               HEMG                                            0-1                     1
Helibase Manager                 HEBM2                                           0-1                     1
Law Enforcement Officer            LEO                                           0-1                     1
Safety Officer                    SOF3                                           0-1                     1
PSD Operator                      PSDO                                           0-1                     1
Fire Effects Monitor             FEMO                                            0-1                     1
Engine Boss, Operator, and
                               ENGB/ENOP                9                         9                      9
Crew
Project Name:    Rat Hole                             Unit Name:    Green River Fire Zone                    Page:      21

Ignition Crew                       FFT2
Holding Crew                        FFT2

B. Equipment                                                         0                                                    0
                                                                30-36                   30-36                        30-36
Engine (Type3)                                          3                        3                       3
                                                                 ch/hr                   ch/hr                        ch/hr
Water Tender                       Type 2                                     0-1                      0-1
Helicopter                                                                    0-1                      0-1
Plastic Sphere Dispenser                                                      0-2                      0-2
Fuel Truck (2,000 gal)              Each                                      0-1                      0-1

C. Supplies
Drip Torches                        each                5                        8                       8
Fusees                              case                1                        1                       1
ATV                                 each                1                        1                       1
Portable Water Tank (2000           Each
                                                                                 1                       1
gal)
Radio                               Each                                        8                       8
Plastic Spheres                     Each                                   20,000                  20,000
Ethylene glycol                    Gallons                                     15                      15
Saw kit                             Each                                        3                       3



Total Line Production Rate                                         36                       36                         36
The Line Building Capability Summary identified above is based on Fuel Model 6 and shows only those resources
initially identified for holding under the primary ignition prescription. If an escape occurs and suppression actions
are taken, it has been determined in accordance with BLM White River Field Office that fire will be allowed to
continue onto White River Field Office administered lands and will be held at the Atchee Ridge road on the Eastern
perimeter of the project area. This has been justified for the safety of personnel assigned. There are several natural
and manmade barriers that will be utilized for containment. On the north side of the project there are several road
systems as well as the Indian Springs RX burn area. The West contains the riparian area of Bitter Creek with road
access. The unit has rock outcroppings and sparse fuels on the southern most edge. The Rat Hole wildfire creates a
good western buffer for the drainages of south Rat Hole and Rat Hole Canyons, Tent Canyon, and tops of Rat Hole
and Moonshine Ridges. Due to the access and use of barriers containment with assigned resources should not be an
issue.
Project Name:    Rat Hole                          Unit Name:   Green River Fire Zone             Page:   22

                                              Organization Chart

                                    Agency Administrator

                                     Bill Stringer

                Fire Management Officer            Fuels Management Specialist
                       Troy Suwyn                          Hank Barela



                                  Prescribed Fire Burn Boss



                     Fire Information              Fire Behavior/Effects Monitor




                Holding Specialist Function                Ignition Specialist Function




                  Holding Crew                      Ground Ignition             Aerial Ignition




                     Engines




Additional resources may be assigned to the project without amending the burn plan if the addition of
these resources does not change the complexity of the burn or require additional supervisory positions.
These changes must be documented in the daily briefing. Reduction in resource capabilities identified as
required in the plan requires an amendment.
Project Name:   Rat Hole                         Unit Name:   Green River Fire Zone            Page:    23

                              ELEMENT 12 – COMMUNICATION
A. Radio Frequencies
                                                    Band
Channel         Function        Frequency                          Assignment               Remarks
                                                    Width
COMMAND
                             TX:      162.1625
                                      169.8125                Communication with
5          Command           RX:                  Narrow
                                      131.8                   Dispatch
                             Tone:
TACTICAL
                             TX:      166.2375
9          TAC 1                                  Narrow            Operations
                             RX:      166.2375
                             TX:      166.9625                Secondary/Emergency
10         TAC 2                                  Narrow
                             RX:      166.9625                     Operations
                             TX:
                             RX:
AIR OPERATIONS
                             TX:      170.000
           AIR GND 3                              Narrow          Air to Ground
                             RX:      170.000
                             TX:
                             RX:
OTHER
                             TX:
                             RX:
                             TX:
                             RX:
REMARKS

Positive communications with UBIFC is required via radio, cellular phone, and/or satellite phone, prior to
implementing burn project.
Project Name:   Rat Hole                          Unit Name:    Green River Fire Zone              Page:    24

          ELEMENT 13 - PUBLIC AND PERSONNEL SAFETY AND MEDICAL
A. Safety Hazards
Firefighter

All personnel who are within the active burn area are required to wear personal protective equipment.

All firefighters will attend the morning briefings and the general briefing prior to ignition. All personnel
required to work around or in the helicopter will attend the helibase briefing. Other safety items for aerial
ignition will be addressed in the Aerial Ignition Plan. During any firing or holding actions, LCES will be
strictly adhered to. Only appropriately red carded personnel or trainees will be used. The Go/No Go
Checklist will be completed and approved daily prior to any ignition. A Risk Assessment Worksheet is
attached to the burn plan for specific mitigation.

There are no currently operating oil/gas wells in the prescribed fire area although there are some wells
within the proximity of the burn. The companies will be notified prior to the ignition of the dates and
times scheduled to burn. The BLM will have an oil/gas safety person notified of the dates and times and
will be available if needed to assist.


Public

The public will be notified through local newspapers and radio stations prior to implementation of the
burn. This notification will consist of location, project objectives, and possible dates of ignition. Maps
will be located at all access roads in and around the project area. The project area will be patrolled prior to
ignition to ensure public safety. The main road into the project area will be closed by signing on the day
of ignition. BLM law enforcement will be on scene and utilized as needed.

Hunting season (mid August to late October) increases visitor use in the area. Project personnel will
monitor road access and do surveillance from the ground and the air to assure all persons are outside the
project area.
The Atchee Ridge road runs southeast to northwest along the east side of the burn. Due to the amount of
use on this road it will be patrolled and monitored by the BLM Law Enforcement Officer during the burn.
The burn boss or holding Boss may request that the BLM Law Enforcement Officer close the road to
prevent unauthorized travel.

A Public Safety Plan will be developed that addresses road closures, public notification and education
and implemented prior to primary ignition.




B. Measures Taken to Reduce the Hazards

The BLM Risk Management Process will be used and attached as „Appendix D‟ to the prescribed fire
plan.
Project Name:   Rat Hole                           Unit Name:    Green River Fire Zone              Page:    25

Emergency Medical Procedures
In the event of serious accidents or injuries, the burn boss shall be notified immediately. Individuals with
medical qualifications (i.e. First Responder, EMT, Paramedic) and helitack qualified should be identified
at the pre-burn briefing. The burn boss will initiate on-site response (if not already in progress) and
coordinate additional response needs (listed below) through:

All Medical Transports not on-site will be ordered through Uinta Basin Interagency Fire Center (UBIFC).




C. Emergency Evacuation Methods
The first option is to transport the injured person(s) via on-site vehicles to (identify medical facilities and
describe directions to emergency facilities).

OPTION 1: Ashley Valley Medical Center is 2.5 hrs and located in Vernal, Utah. Travel directions are
North along the Atchee Ridge Road to Bonanza Highway proceeding North thru Naples to the Junction of
Highway 40. Highway 40 North to Vernal.

OPTION 2: St. Mary‟s Medical Center is 2 hrs and located in Grand Junction, Colorado. Travel
directions are South, then West along the Atchee Ridge road to East Canyon. Take East Canyon south to
I-70. I-70 East to Grand Junction, CO.

ONLY drivers with knowledge of these routes will be used to transport injured person(s).
The second option is to transport the injured person(s) to meet an ambulance at (describe a location
known to both project personnel and emergency services).

Gold Cross ambulance could be met at the the junction of the Atchee Ridge road and Bonanza Highway.

The third option is to transport the injured person(s) to the nearest helispot to be evacuated via air
ambulance.

The Rat Hole Helibase is located North of the project area on Boulevard Ridge. This will be used as the
primary site for evacuation via air ambulance with qualified helitack personnel on-scene. Do to the large
area of the project, other sites closer to the injured individual may be used if approved by helitack
personnel.

The Rat Hole Helibase lat/long is as follows: LAT 39° 40’ 50.3 LONG 109° 09’ 12.2
The fourth option is to care for and protect the injured person(s) while emergency services respond on-site
to extract and transport the injured. Send personnel to meet and lead emergency services to the site.

The Rat Hole Helibase is located North of the project area on Boulevard Ridge. This will be used as the
meeting spot for emergency personnel. If an injured individual cannot be moved EMT‟s on scene will
provide Lat/Long for recovery.

Directions to Helibase for emergency personnel: South on Highway 40 from Vernal to Naples. South thru
Naples on Bonanza highway to Atchee ridge road junction. Atchee Ridge road south to Boulevard Ridge.
West on Boulevard Ridge to helibase.

The Rat Hole Helibase lat/long is as follows: LAT 39° 40’ 50.3”           LONG 109° 09’ 12.2”
Project Name:    Rat Hole                         Unit Name:     Green River Fire Zone           Page:     26

E. Emergency Facilities
                                   EMERGENCY TRANSPORTATION
                                                                                               PARAMEDICS
            NAME                 TELEPHONE                         LOCATION
                                                                                               YES        NO

Gold Cross                      435-789-          266 W. 100 N.                                 X
                                6907/4222         Vernal, UT
Premiere                        970-245-          1048 Independent Ave.                         X
                                5358              Grand Junction, CO
Life Care                       970-241-          529 25 ½ Rd                                   X
                                4222              Grand Junction, CO
HELISPOT CLOSEST TO
PROJECT                                    LAT.       39° 40’ 50.3          LONG.         109° 09’ 12.2
                                 HOSPITALS & MEDICAL FACILITIES
                                                   TRAVEL TIME
                                                                                     HELIPAD   BURN CENTER
                       ADDRESS AND LATITUDE           ( MIN)
       NAME                                                              PHONE
                          AND LONGITUDE
                                                    AIR    GROUND                   YES   NO   YES        NO

                       50 North Medical
                       Drive
University of Utah                                                     801-581-
                       Salt Lake City, Utah                    6 hrs                 X          X
Medical Center                                     2 hr                  2121
                       40°46.01 N x
                       111°50.19
                       2635 N. 7th Street
                       Grand Junction, CO                  2.5 hrs     970-244-
St Mary‟s Hospital                                30 min                             X                    X
                       39° 05.42‟ x 108°                                 2273
                       33.74‟
                       151 W. 200 N.
Ashley Valley          Vernal, UT                          2.5 hrs     789-3342
                                                  40 min                             X                    X
Medical Center         40° 27‟ x 109° 32‟                              *155.505

                       250 W. 200 N.
Uintah Basin           Roosevelt, UT                           3 hrs   722-4691
                                                   1 hr                              X                    X
Medical Center         40° 18.15‟ x 109°                               *155.340
                       59.43‟
Project Name:   Rat Hole                         Unit Name:    Green River Fire Zone             Page:       27

                                     ELEMENT 14 - TEST FIRE
A. Test Fire Provisions and Planned Location

 A test fire will be used to verify that the fire behavior will achieve the fire treatment and resource
 objectives. The test fire will be done in a location that can be easily controlled or extinguished and be
 representative of the general fuel type and other conditions in the burn unit. Documentation of the test
 fire conditions and results is required. This documentation will be signed by the prescribed fire burn
 boss and retained as part of the project file. The test fire will occur on Moonshine Ridge near the
 Atchee Ridge Road.


B. Test Fire Documentation
 Location:




 Date and Time:



                                      Weather/Fuels Conditions

 Cloud Cover %

 Temperature
 Relative
 Humidity
 Fine Dead Fuel
 Moisture
 Wind Speed


 Fuels


                                            Test Fire Results
 Flame Length

 Rate of Spread

 Smoke Dispersion


 Other


 The test fire meets the prescription parameters                   Yes                    No
Project Name:   Rat Hole                          Unit Name:    Green River Fire Zone               Page:       28

                                  ELEMENT 15 - IGNITION PLAN
A. Firing Methods & Devices

Blackling of all holding points will occur by hand ignition. Drip torches, fusees, and flare pistols can be
utilized either singularly or in combination. It is preferable to use aerial ignition utilizing a PSD for the
Rat Hole Canyon portion during primary ignition but hand ignition may occur if objectives can still be
met. An Air Operations Plan will be included as Appendix H to the Prescribed Fire Plan.



B. Ignition Techniques, Patterns, & Sequences

Moonshine – Hand ignition would occur along the Atchee Ridge Road. Based on a southwesterly wind,
ignition would start to the north and run to the southeast to secure fire from crossing the road to the east.
Once good depth is established west of Atchee Ridge aerial or hand ignition could then be used to
strengthen the blackline and fill in areas between the Atchee Ridge Road and black established by the Rat
Hole Wildfire.


Rat Hole Canyon – Blackline would be established along fireline constructed west of the Colorado state
line in upper reaches of Rat Hole Canyon. Once this area is secured, ignition would continue down the
south side of the canyon to the northwest. Fire would be kept on the south side of the canyon and the Rat
Hole Canyon Road while being allowed to burn up to ridge top (ridge between Rat Hole and South Rat
Hole Canyons) in stringer of Douglas fir, mountain brush, and P/J. Aerial ignition could be used to take
fire from the constructed fireline in to the northwest in the timber stringers.

A test fire should be conducted for each of the two separate ignitions identified as part of this plan.
Interior locations within the proximity of the project may also be ignited using hand ignition. This action
would be done based on current fire location and in order to meet additional resource management
objectives. Caution must be exercised with LCES fully implemented and known to all to prevent
firefighters from being trapped between that which is being ignited and the main fire.


C. Ignition Staffing
Minimum capabilities needed for ignition are identified under Element 11 - Organization and Equipment.
The Ignition Specialist function will be held at the (ICS position) level based on complexity of burn and
ignition operation.

Identify positions within the ignition organization to be utilized. Relationship to holding organization
should be further identified including use of holding crew for transporting fuel and use of ignition crew for
holding activities, if required. If aerial ignition is occurring, a brief discussion on staffing should occur in
this section along with full details within the Air Operations Plan found in Appendix H.
Project Name:   Rat Hole                         Unit Name:    Green River Fire Zone             Page:    29

                                 ELEMENT 16 - HOLDING PLAN
A. General Procedures for Holding

Holding forces will be located in areas where access and safety have been provided, as well as in
locations strategic to holding the prescribed fire. Critical holding points may be used for staging resources
during the primary ignition. These locations may vary according to the primary ignition sequence. The
burn boss and holding specialist function will have the flexibility to mix and match holding forces and
their location depending on fire behavior observed during burning operations.
During the test burn the holding resources will be staged on Atchee Ridge near West Tent Canyon.
During the primary ignition of the other canyon bottoms the resources will be staged on the Atchee Ridge
road. These resources need to be flexible and ready to go should holding needs occur.
Aerial ignition is preferred in Rat Hole Canyon and can be used for the primary ignition. The burn boss
and the holding boss will have the flexibility to switch the helicopter from ignition to holding should the
need occur. A bucket for the helicopter will be available at the helibase should occur. Bitter Creek, Tent
Canyon, and Rat Hole run a small stream of water and could possibly be used as a draft site depending on
the time of year and availability of water.

Water sources are limited within the prescribed fire area. A pumpkin will be available and staged in a safe
and strategic location. The burn boss and holding boss will have the flexibility as to where the pumpkin
will be located depending on the area of ignition. A portatank will be set up close to the helibase (Lat.39
35.58(34.65 sec), Long109 04.15(08.99 sec))


The Meeker Field Office borders the project area to the east. There is privately owned Indian lands that
borders the south side of the project area. The Uintah and Ouray Agency Tribal Business Committee have
requested that no fire be allowed to infringe on lands owned by tribal members in the vicinity of the
proposed burns. Full suppression would take place if fire approached this area. A buffer will be
established around the planned burn perimeter, which would allow the fire to exceed the planned
perimeter and still not be declared an escape. A buffer will be established around the planned burn
perimeter, which would allow the fire to exceed the planned perimeter and still not be declared an escape.
An escape will be declared if the fire exceeds 1500 acres outside the primary units.


B. Critical Holding Points and Actions

A prescribed fire that occurred in 2001 that runs along Indian Spring ridge lines the north side of the
project area. The south and west end of the project is lined by Rat Hole Ridge. The east portion of the
burn is lined by Atchee Ridge. Primary areas of concern are the east and south sides of the project.
Holding would take place on Rat Hole Ridge if the fire continued to the south and west. The Atchee
Ridge Road would be the holding place if the fire continued north and east. Both of these holding areas
are crucial not to allow the fire to run into other fire management areas other than the Vernal Field Office.
Potential holding problems are located in Rat Hole Canyon, South Rat Hole Canyon, West Tent Canyon,
Tent Canyon, and the eastern edge of Moonshine Ridge . The fire has the potential to make runs up the
bottom of the canyons in each of the units. Critical holding points have been identified on attached maps
and will be mitigated prior to full implementation of the prescribed burn either by black lining or the
cutting of hand lines or both. See pre-burn work.
Project Name:   Rat Hole                         Unit Name:    Green River Fire Zone              Page:    30

C. Minimum Organization or Capabilities Needed
Minimum capabilities needed for holding are identified under Element 11 - Organization and Equipment.
The Holding Specialist function will be held at the (ICS position) level based on complexity of burn and
holding operation. On burn day and subsequent days of the prescribed fire, a mix of the number and
kinds of hand crews and engines may be modified as long as stated production capabilities are not
compromised. As the prescribed fire progresses from ignition to holding to mop up and patrol, specified
capabilities and/or types of resources may be adjusted.


D. Mop-up and Patrol

Mop-up will be used to secure any at risk fire lines and critical holding points. All areas, which may
present a threat of escape, will have 100% mop-up 50 feet from the line or road. All black lines and
holding lines at critical holding points will have 100% mop up 50 feet from the line or road.

The holding boss will manage mop up and patrol responsibilities and will be responsible for the
evaluation of the escape potential and daily mop up assignments.

Patrol will be completed on a daily basis by the Green River Fire Zone Engine modules as directed by the
holding boss. They will patrol as long as needed to see that no fire has any threat to any other public or
private lands. At least (1) type 4 or type 6 engine with their crew will be required. If additional resources
are needed we will adjust work schedules and shifts to accommodate these needs.

Engine crews will patrol as deemed necessary by the holding boss until the burn boss has declared the fire
out.

The burn project will not be declared out until no fire activity has been observed or until significant
moisture has been received on the project area to extinguish residual burning.
Project Name:   Rat Hole                         Unit Name:    Green River Fire Zone             Page:    31

                             ELEMENT 17 - CONTINGENCY PLAN
A. Trigger Points

If any of the following situations occur, contingency actions will take place:

    1. Fire threatens the primary unit boundary.
    2. Fire outside of the primary unit boundary i.e. crosses Atchee Ridge Road, or fire enters Bitter
       Creek
    3. Potential for costs to control exceed available project funds.

B. Actions Needed

The burn boss and holding boss will review the results of the test fire and on site prescriptive elements
which exist on the day of the burn from the weather, expected fire behavior and fuels conditions to
determine if additional offsite suppression resources need to be available.
The burn boss then will confirm with the Uintah Basin Interagency Fire Center that necessary suppression
forces are available during the prescribed burn time frames.

C. Additional Resources and Maximum Response Time(s)
                                                                      Maximum           Conformation of
           Resource                     Agency & Location             Response           Availability*
                                                                       Time            Yes/No      Date
Type 4 and 6 Engines              BIA – UOA
                                  Fort Duchesne, Ut.
                                  Location & Type
                                  Fort Duchene / 1-Type 4                3-4 hrs
                                                  3-Type 6
Type 4 and 6 Engines              USFS-ANF
Type II Handcrew                  Vernal, Ut.
                                  Location & Type                        3-4 hrs
                                  Duchesne / 1-Type 4
                                  Roosevelt / 1-Type 6
                                  Vernal / 1-Type 6
                                  Dutch John / 1-Type 4
Type 6 Engines                    Division of Forestry, Fire, &
                                  State Lands
                                  Vernal, Ut.                            3-4 hrs
                                  Location & Type
                                  Duchesne Co. / 1-Type 6
                                  Uintah Co. / 1-Type 6
Type 6 Engines                    NPS – Dinosaur N.M.
                                  Dinosaur, Co.                          3-4 hrs
                                  Location & Type
                                  N.M. Headquarters / 2-Type 6
* To be completed within one day of the burn and adjusted during course of extended burning conditions.
Project Name:   Rat Hole                          Unit Name:    Green River Fire Zone               Page:    32

                            ELEMENT 18 - WILDFIRE CONVERSION
A. Wildfire Declared By

The Prescribed Fire Burn Boss will have the authority to declare the prescribed fire a wildfire. If any of
the following situations occur, the burn will be declared a wildfire, initial attack will occur, and
appropriate management response will take place.

    1. Contingency actions have failed or are likely to fail and cannot be mitigated.
    2. Fire outside of the project area (1500 acres outside of the primary unit).
    3. Costs for control exceed available project funds.


A prescribed fire declared a wildfire cannot be returned to prescribed fire status until the appropriate level
of review. When a prescribed fire is declared a wildfire, managers still have the full range of fire
management options available based on Land Use Plan (LUP) and Fire Management Plan (FMP)
objectives. If a prescribed fire is declared a wildfire, a wildfire number will be assigned and all wildfire
management costs will be charged to that number.

A buffer will be established around the planned burn perimeter, which would allow the fire to exceed the
planned perimeter and still not be declared a wildfire conversion. An escape will be declared if the fire
exceeds 1500 acres outside the primary unit. Once the fire is declared an wildfire conversion, primary
ignition will either cease, except as need to secure the burn unit or as needed for a suppression tactics in
an attempt to influence the fire behavior and draw the fire intensity away from concerned areas.

The Burn Boss will make the determination on whether or not to declare a wildfire conversion. Any fire
moving outside the planned project boundaries will be evaluated by the burn boss and holding boss to
determine if the fire needs to be declared an wildfire. If fire is moving towards natural barriers or is felt
that it will not threaten the project boundary or private lands it will be allowed to burn itself out. Any fire
that crosses the project boundary will be immediately suppressed if there is an opportunity and it does not
put firefighters at risk. If it is determined to be too much of a risk then other opportunities will be
evaluated.

B. IC Assignment

In the event of the fire being declared an escape the Burn Boss or Holding Boss depending on the
complexity of the suppression efforts, will become the IC until replaced or relieved of those duties. The
IC will organize all resources on site for aggressive fire suppression. The prescribed fire organization will
transition into ICS wildfire position that they are currently qualified at. Upon an escape, all overhead
personnel will start a Unit Log to document actions taken. After the escape is contained, the Burn Boss
will submit a report that documents weather, resources, ignition sequence, holding actions and other
pertinent data collected. This documentation will become a part of the Prescribed Fire Burn Plan package.
The IC will order additional suppression resources as identified in the Contingency Plan as well as any
additional resources needed to fully contain the escape.
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C. Notifications

The Burn Boss will notify the Uintah Basin Interagency Fire Center (UBIFC) 435-789-7021, and the
FMO of the situation and resource needs. UBIFC will notify all the identified contacts listed in the
notification section that an escape has occurred. The FMO will contact the Green River District Manager
435-781-4400, State Fuels Specialist 801-539-4246, and the State FMO 801-539-4091 to advise them an
escape has occurred. The Resource Advisor will contact permittees and cooperators. The All
orders for resources will go through the UBIFC.




D. Extended Attack Actions and Opportunities to Aid in Fire Suppression

Management response to the declared wildfire is based on objectives established in the LUP and FMP.
Contingency plans should be developed to identify critical values at risk, actions and resources needed,
and other information necessary that may be utilized as an aid to determine and implement initial
response actions when a wildfire is declared.

The FMO and/or IC and the appropriate resource advisors will develop a WFDSS. This document will
determine the appropriate management effort for the escaped fire. The strategy as outlined in the EA for
containment are flanking the fire and burning out, using natural barriers, roads and rock outcroppings to
stop the forward rate of spread. If the aerial ignition option is being implemented the helicopter will be
converted from ignition to suppression operations to assist in the containment. Containment opportunities
include: existing prescribed fires and wildfires, roads, ridge tops, rock outcroppings, helicopter bucket
work, night time RH recovery, engines and hand line construction. As fire behavior moderates the
suppression resources will be able to flank the fire and work on containment.
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                 ELEMENT 19 - SMOKE MANAGEMENT AND AIR QUALITY

A. Compliance

This burn plan complies with the Utah Smoke Management Plan and is designed to meet the requirements of
State of Utah Title R307, state administrative rule for air quality; Regional Haze Rule, 40 CFR 51.309(d)(6);
and the policies of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency‟s (EPA) Interim Air Quality Policy on
Wildland and Prescribed Fires.

A National Weather Service Clearing Index above 500 is required prior to ignition. For de minimus
prescribed burning, ignition can occur when the Clearing Index is between 400 and 500. De minimus
burning is limited to up to 20 acres/day with approval of the executive secretary of the Utah Air Quality
Board. When burning within the de minimus category, the Burn Boss is required to (1) notify the executive
secretary by fax, e-mail, or phone by 0800 on burn day prior to ignition of the burn and (2) record and submit
hourly photographs, a record of any complaints, hourly meteorological conditions and an hourly description
of the smoke plume (Form 9).


B. Permits to be Obtained
Smoke Management Number:                                                 500

Utah Division of Air Quality Documentation:
Two Weeks Prior - Form 3 - Pre-burn Information - place in project file. Burn Plan to be submitted two
weeks prior to ignition to Utah Division of Air Quality - Interagency Smoke Management Program.
Two Days Prior - Form 4 - Burn Request/and Reporting - place in project file.
State of Utah approval will come in the form of an e-mail from the Utah Interagency Smoke Management
Coordinator.
Morning After Burn (by 08:00) - Form 5 - Daily Emissions Report - place in project file.


C. Smoke Sensitive Receptors

Identify any non-attainment or
                                        N/A
Class I airsheds within 15 miles:

          Receptor              Direction     Distance             Receptor              Direction   Distance

Grand Junction, CO               N/NW         60 miles   Rangely, CO                       SW        35 miles
Vernal, UT                          S         80 miles   Roosevelt, UT                      SE       90 miles
D. Potentially Impacted Areas

Nearest Smoke Sensitive Area is Grand Junction, CO. Approx. 60 air miles E/SE of project site. Prevailing
general winds (S/SW) should prevent smoke intrusions into this area. Other transport wind directions are rare
events.
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E. Mitigation Strategies and Techniques to Reduce Smoke Impacts

No hazards are expected due to the remote location of the project area. In the event that smoke impact
becomes an issue, all burning will be suspended except those needed to secure the project until weather
conditions change or improve. If conditions worsen, mop-up will be initiated to decrease smoke impact.
Roads will be patrolled to warn visitors of the prescribed fire hazards and visibility degradation. None of the
above is in direct contact with target unit. Some residual smoke may linger in canyon bottoms overnight.
With the exception of seasonal hunters, the area is rarely visited.
Firing to be conducted when clearing indexes are 500 or greater. A Haines Index of 4 or above would be
preferable to keep the atmosphere unstable.
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                                  ELEMENT 20 - MONITORING
A. Fuels Information (forecast and observed) Required and Procedures

Minimum monitoring requirements established for individual prescribed fire projects include weather during
the fire, observed fire behavior and whether fire treatment objectives have been met. If slowly changing fuel
moisture values, such as live fuel, 1000 hr. fuels or soil moisture, are included in the prescription, actual
values should also be documented. Individual observations will be recorded on the Weather/Fuels/Fire
Behavior/Smoke Observations

B. Weather Monitoring Required and Procedures

Weather and Fire Behavior readings should be documented every ½ to 1 hour as needed to meet the
project objectives. The burn boss will make the determination as to the time frames.



C. Fire Behavior Monitoring Required and Procedures

Weather and Fire Behavior readings should be documented every ½ to 1 hour as needed to meet the
project objectives. The burn boss will make the determination as to the time frames.



D. Monitoring Required to Ensure Prescribed Fire Plan Objectives are Met

Weather and Fire Behavior readings should be documented every ½ to 1 hour as needed to meet the
project objectives. The burn boss will make the determination as to the time frames.



E. Smoke Dispersal Monitoring Required and Procedures

Smoke direction and approximate clearing will be monitored by the Burn Boss. If smoke clearing index
does not exceed the minimum 500feet then ignition will be suspended.
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                           ELEMENT 21 - POST-BURN ACTIVITIES
Post-Burn Activities that Must be Completed


Each operational shift on a prescribed fire should have an informal After Action Review (AAR).
The Prescribed Fire Burn Boss will insure the Prescribed Fire Post Burn Evaluation is completed
(Appendix G).
Utah Division of Air Quality, Form 5 – Daily Emission Report must be submitted by 08:00 on the day
following the burn.
The Weather/Fuels/Fire Behavior/Smoke Observations (Appendix F) will be collected and placed into the
project folder. Any additional Fire Effects Reports will be completed and placed in the project folder.

A post burn evaluation and summary that documents burn day weather, fuel conditions, fire behavior,
problems and concerns is required. The report must also indicate if objectives were met and make
recommendations for future projects. The prescribed fire results must be compared to the fire treatment
objectives and resource objectives that were identified for the project.

All prescribed fire projects will be reported in National Fire Plan Operations Reporting System
(NFPORS) within 5 days after being declared out. When accomplishments are completed across
fiscal years, only those accomplishments completed in that fiscal year will be recorded.
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                                      APPENDICES

A.   Maps - Vicinity and Project
B.   Technical Review Checklist
C.   Complexity Analysis
D.   Job Hazard Analysis - Risk Assessment -
E.   Fire Behavior Modeling Documentation or Empirical Documentation (unless it is
     included in the fire behavior narrative in Element 7 - Prescription)
F. Weather / Fuels / Fire Behavior / Smoke Observations
G. Prescribed Fire Post Burn Evaluation
H. Air Operations Plan (if applicable)
I. Public Safety and Notification Plan
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                           APPENDIX A - MAPS

1. Vicinity Map
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2. Project Map
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                      APPENDIX B - TECHNICAL REVIEWER CHECKLIST

                                                         S, U,
       PRESCRIBED FIRE PLAN ELEMENTS                                                COMMENTS
                                                        or N/A
  1.    Signature Page
  2.    GO-NO-GO Checklists
  3.    Complexity Analysis Summary
  4.    Description of the Prescribed Fire Area
  5.    Goals and Objectives
  6.    Funding
  7.    Prescription
  8.    Scheduling
  9.    Pre-Burn Considerations
  10. Briefing
  11. Organization and Equipment
  12. Communication
  13. Public and Personnel Safety and Medical
  14. Test Fire
  15. Ignition Plan
  16. Holding Plan
  17. Contingency Plan
  18. Wildfire Conversion
  19. Smoke Management and Air Quality
  20. Monitoring
  21. Post-Burn Activities
  Appendix A: Maps
  Appendix C: Complexity Analysis
  Appendix D: Risk Assessment/JHA
  Appendix E: Fire Behavior Modeling
  Other
S = Satisfactory   U = Unsatisfactory   N/A = Non-Applicable


 Recommended
  for Approval
                                 Not Recommended
                                  for Approval
                                                              Approval is recommended subject to the
                                                               completion of all requirements listed in the
                                                               comments or on the Prescribed Fire Plan.




           Technical Reviewer                      Qualification and Currency (Y/N)                     Date
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                           APPENDIX C - COMPLEXITY ANALYSIS



        PREPARED BY                                                         DATE


        APPROVED BY                                                         DATE
                                         Agency Administrator


Complexity Elements

                                          1. Potential for Escape
Risk                         Rationale
Preliminary Rating
                             Unlikely potential of escape, likely hood of some spot fires which will be
Low                          controlled by holding forces. Rat Hole wildfire strengthened the west
                             edge of boundary and lowered chance of fire reaching tribal lands at Rat
                             Hole and Bitter Creek junction.
Final Rating
                             No Change.
Low
Potential Consequences       Rationale
Preliminary Rating
                             An escape could result in little or no damage to vegetation, habitat, or
Low                          improvements. Structures located within the project boundary have been
                             mitigated by pre-burn activities. Rat Hole wildfire has burned up to
                             structures located within the unit and will lessen threat from prescribed
                             fire ignition.
Final Rating
                             No Change.
Low
Technical Difficulty         Rationale
Preliminary Rating
                             Holding activities require supervision at the Single Resource Boss level.
  Low                        Portions of the burn unit and allowable area are not easily accessible to
                             the holding resources.
Final Rating
                             No Change.
   Moderate

                             2. The Number and Dependency of Activities
Risk                         Rationale
Preliminary Rating
                             Activities are generally independent or only loosely dependent on other
Low                          activities.
Final Rating
                             No Change.
Low
Potential Consequences       Rationale
Preliminary Rating
                             The ability to acquire a helicopter could threaten the completion of the
   Moderate                  project, failure to meet some project objectives, or create a safety issue.
                             Some delay in implementation would be expected.
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Final Rating
                           Plan has been written to allow for ground based ignition if helicopter is
  Moderate                 not available.
Technical Difficulty       Rationale
Preliminary Rating
                           Coordination activities require a moderate skill level. Continuous
  Moderate                 communication is necessary for successful project completion.
Final Rating
                           No Change.
   Moderate

                                          3. Off-Site Values
Risk                       Rationale
Preliminary Rating
                           Some limited areas of high value are located adjacent or near the project
Low                        area or the project is expected to take place during periods of moderate
                           visitor use. Moderate risk to improvements, private or other agency
                           lands. Rat Hole wildfire strengthened the west edge of boundary and
                           lowered chance of fire reaching tribal lands at Rat Hole and Bitter Creek
                           junction. East side of project is bordered by the Meeker Field Office.
Final Rating
                           No Change
   Low
Potential Consequences     Rationale
Preliminary Rating
                           Some negative impacts are expected in the event of spot fires, slopovers,
   Moderate                and escapes. The vegetation potentially affected generally has moderate
                           recovery rates or the expected fire behavior may cause limited damage or
                           some other limited serious consequences to off-site values,
                           improvements, private or other agency lands. Visitor use may be
                           restricted during project implementation for a short period of time.
Final Rating
                           Hunting Season may be going on during the burn.
   Moderate
Technical Difficulty       Rationale
Preliminary Rating
                           Protection of the off-site values requires some special management, a
  Moderate                 moderate skill level and good team coordination, particularly at the
                           critical holding points.
Final Rating
                           No Change.
  Moderate

                                       4. On-Site Values
Risk                       Rationale
Preliminary Rating
                           Special features may be present within the unit that may need to be
  Low                      addressed in planning, strategies and briefings, and during project
                           implementation. Some limited areas of high value are located within the
                           project area.
Final Rating
                           No Change
Low
Potential Consequences     Rationale
Preliminary Rating
                           Implementation problems or failures will result in moderate damage to
   Moderate                special features and some reduction or loss of on-site resource values.
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Final Rating
                           Sites have been identified and mitigated.
   Low
Technical Difficulty       Rationale
Preliminary Rating
                           Protection of special features or on-site resource values requires the
  Moderate                 development of special ignition OR holding plans. Some pre-burn
                           preparation work may be required.
Final Rating
                           Sites have been identified and mitigated.
   Low

                                       5. Fire Behavior
Risk                       Rationale
Preliminary Rating
                           Fuels vary moderately within the unit, both in loading and arrangement.
   Moderate                Medium loadings with some high concentrations are present. More than
                           one fuel model may be present on significant portions of the area.
                           Variable terrain features may significantly affect fire behavior and present
                           moderate ignition and control problems. Local winds and burning
                           conditions may vary enough to cause notable shifts in fire behavior.
                           Periodic torching can be expected either as isolated points or limited areas
                           at one time. Spotting is expected to be short-range.
Final Rating
                           No Change.
  Moderate
Potential Consequences     Rationale
Preliminary Rating
                           Fire behavior outside of the primary unit boundary would be equal to the
Low                        fire behavior within the unit
Final Rating
                           No Change.
Low
Technical Difficulty       Rationale
Preliminary Rating
                           Standard fire safety precautions are adequate to ensure personnel safety.
   Moderate                The number or size of spot fires and slopovers would not require
                           additional suppression resources. Fire behavior is such that holding
                           forces can control most or all spot fires and slopovers using direct attack
                           tactics. No on-site operational fire behavior assessments or calculations
                           are needed.
Final Rating
                           No Change.
   Moderate

                              6. Management Organization
Risk                       Rationale
Preliminary Rating
                           A small number of qualified people are required to implement the
Low                        prescribed fire. A single person may fill several positions. A single level
                           of supervision is all that is needed (i.e. Burn Boss plus lighters and
                           holders).
Final Rating               Two levels of supervision are needed (i.e. Burn Boss, Ignition Specialist
Moderate                   and or Holding Specialist functions plus lighters and holders). Plan
                           allows for aerial ignition and additional technical specialists will be
                           needed to implement with helicopters.
Potential Consequences     Rationale
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Preliminary Rating
                           Problems related to supervision or communication is expected to be
Low                        minimal.
Final Rating
                           All supervisors and communications will be in place.
Low
Technical Difficulty       Rationale
Preliminary Rating
                           At least one primary team member may need to come from outside of the
  Moderate                 local unit and may not be familiar with local factors. The numbers of
                           qualified personnel available on the local unit are limited. Special skills
                           or supervision required for one function. (RXB2 suggested)
Final Rating
                           Management at the RXB2 level is suggested. Helicopter and moduel,,
 Moderate                  PLDO, FEMO and some other resources may come from outside the local
                           unit.

                              7. Public and Political Interest
Risk                       Rationale
Preliminary Rating
                           The prescribed fire is in an isolated or remote area and/or small in size.
Low                        There has been little or no public or political controversy related to the
                           project and little or no news media interest.
Final Rating
                           Remote area.
Low
Potential Consequences     Rationale
Preliminary Rating
                           Unexpected or adverse events would attract little public, political, or
Low                        media attention.
Final Rating
                           Remote Area.
Low
Technical Difficulty       Rationale
Preliminary Rating
                           Some specific members of the public or political entities may need to be
  Moderate                 notified directly.
Final Rating
                           Hunters will need to be notified. Road closures will be minimal.
  Low
                               8. Fire Treatment Objectives
Risk                       Rationale
Preliminary Rating
                           Objectives are limited to easily achieved fuel reduction or ecosystem
Low                        maintenance. The necessary fire behavior is easily created, managed, and
                           monitored.
Final Rating
                           Easily measured with Vegetation maps and GPS.
Low
Potential Consequences     Rationale
Preliminary Rating
                           Other opportunities to meet objectives will be available. Other
Low                        management activities are not dependant on the completion of the project.
                           Failure to meet objectives would have few or no adverse impacts on
                           natural resources.
Final Rating
                           No Change.
Low
Technical Difficulty       Rationale
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Preliminary Rating
                           Measures to achieve the objectives are easy to complete and there are few
Low                        or no restrictions on techniques. Limited pre-burn monitoring is needed
                           to determine if the unit is in prescription.
Final Rating
                           Easily measured with Vegetation maps and GPS.
Low

                                        9. Constraints
Risk                       Rationale
Preliminary Rating
                           No constraints related to access, limited water sources, firelines, specific
Low                        tactics, or equipment and aircraft use exist. There are few or no
                           scheduling restrictions.
Final Rating
                           No Change.
Low
Potential Consequences     Rationale
Preliminary Rating
                           Project can be implemented whenever it is in prescription. Tactics and
Low                        burn activities are not limited.
Final Rating
                           Need to follow the public safety plan.
Low
Technical Difficulty       Rationale
Preliminary Rating
                           Constraints do not increase the difficulty of completing the project.
Low
Final Rating
                           No Change.
Low

                                          10. Safety
Risk                       Rationale
Preliminary Rating
                           Safety issues are easily identifiable and mitigated. Potential hazards are
  Moderate                 typical and easily addressed in briefings. There is little or no potential for
                           adverse impacts to public health and safety. Activities can be
                           characterized as low frequency/high risk. Fatigue and exposure to safety
                           risks are limited.
Final Rating
                           Aerial Ignition.
  Moderate
Potential Consequences     Rationale
Preliminary Rating
                           Minimal potential for serious accidents/injuries to firefighters or the
  Moderate                 public.
Final Rating
                           Aerial Ignition.
   Moderate
Technical Difficulty       Rationale
Preliminary Rating
                           Safety concerns can be easily mitigated through LCES. A standard safety
Moderate                   briefing as part of the project briefing should be sufficient to cover the
                           safety concerns. Special mitigation to protect public health and safety are
                           not needed.
Final Rating
                           Aerial Safety Plan and Aerial Ignition.
  Moderate
                            11. Ignition Procedures/Methods
Risk                       Rationale
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Preliminary Rating
                           Ignition sequence and timing are somewhat critical to meet project
  Moderate                 objectives. Most of the project area is readily visible to the Ignition
                           Specialist Function or Burn Boss.
Final Rating
                           No Change.
  Moderate
Potential Consequences     Rationale
Preliminary Rating
                           Firing methods and procedures must be coordinated to provide for
  Moderate                 adequate safety, meet project objectives, and reduce the risk of an
                           unexpected or adverse event. Opportunities for remedial actions or
                           corrections are available in the event of problems.
Final Rating
                           Aerial Ignition.
  Moderate
Technical Difficulty       Rationale
Preliminary Rating
                           The need for special firing equipment, or different techniques, or firing
High                       patterns has been identified. Firing procedures are complex and the
                           ignition function may be broken into multiple teams with more than one
                           Firing Boss used. Simultaneous ignitions may occur. Use of several
                           different ignition devices (aerial and ground) is planned. The ignition
                           patterns and techniques to manipulate fire behavior are used and require
                           tight control of the lighters to achieve project objectives and manage
                           safety concerns. (FIRB suggested)
Final Rating
                           LCES will be maintained and strictly adhered to throughout the ignition
   Moderate                process. Daily briefings will be held to identify hazards and areas of
                           special safety concerns as well as to determine daily flight patterns. All
                           ignition procedures will be coordinated through the burn boss. All
                           positions will be filled by qualified personnel.

                              12. Interagency Coordination
Risk                       Rationale
Preliminary Rating
                           The project involves another land management agency or jurisdiction but
  Moderate                 project completion is not dependent on coordinated implementation. One
                           or more interagency partners have interest or concerns with the project
                           that are easily addressed and satisfied. Restrictions related to National
                           and regional preparedness levels may cause minor delays in project
                           implementation.
Final Rating
                           Coordination between other agencies has been completed.
  Low
Potential Consequences     Rationale
Preliminary Rating
                           Project can be completed as planned.
Low
Final Rating
                           No Change.
Low
Technical Difficulty       Rationale
Preliminary Rating
                           No interagency issues. No special agreements needed. No unusual
Low                        communication or coordination issues. Interagency resources are readily
                           available with few or no restrictions on their use.
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Final Rating
                           SITLA has to sign the burn plan.
Low

                                    13. Project Logistics
Risk                       Rationale
Preliminary Rating
                           The project requires some logistical support in certain areas, such as
 Moderate                  communications, ground transportation, or personnel support. Most
                           supplies are readily available. Some special transportation or storage
                           needs may exist for burning equipment. One to two pieces of special
                           equipment or communication equipment requiring more intensive
                           logistical support may be needed to complete the project. Project
                           duration requires at least one resupply trip to support remotely stationed
                           personnel.
Final Rating
                           Remote site and hauling Plastic Spheres.
   Moderate
Potential Consequences     Rationale
Preliminary Rating
                           Problems related to logistics will not increase the risk of escape, affect the
Low                        completion of the project or create a safety concern.
Final Rating
                           No Change.
Low
Technical Difficulty       Rationale
Preliminary Rating
                           No special logistical support issues. Supervisors normally handle their
Low                        own support needs. Supplies and personnel are readily available and easy
                           to obtain.
Final Rating
                           No Change.
Low
                                  14. Smoke Management
Risk                       Rationale
Preliminary Rating
                           The project will produce smoke visible to the public over several days.
  Moderate                 Smoke exposures or amounts may cause some health or safety concerns
                           over a short period of time. Members of the public have expressed some
                           concerns about smoke.
Final Rating
                           Smoke Management Practices will be adhered to.
  Low
Potential Consequences     Rationale
Preliminary Rating
                           No impacts OR minor impacts to isolated residences, remote roads or
Low                        other facilities are expected. Firefighter exposure to smoke is expected to
                           be minimal and not cause health and safety concerns. Smoke produced
                           from the Rat Hole wildfire has recieved no complaints related to public
                           health or safety.
Final Rating
                           The Divide, Rat Hole Ridge, Rat Hole Canyon, and Moonshine Ridge
Low                        roads may be closed at certain times of the burn.
Technical Difficulty       Rationale
Preliminary Rating
                           Normal coordination with air quality officials is required. Burn
  Moderate                 window/opportunities are reduced by the required weather/dispersion
                           conditions.
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Final Rating
                           Following smoke management practices identified under the section titled
   Low                     Smoke Management will mitigate smoke issues.
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                APPENDIX D - JOB HAZARD ANALYSIS / RISK ASSESSMENT
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    APPENDIX E - FIRE BEHAVIOR MODELING DOCUMENTATION OR EMPIRICAL
                             DOCUMENTATION
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 APPENDIX F – WEATHER / FUELS / FIRE BEHAVIOR / SMOKE OBSERVATIONS
                           Weather and Fuels
OBSERVATION TIME (24 HR)
SLOPE (%)
ASPECT
ELEVATION (FEET)
FUEL MODEL (1-13)
SHADING (<50% or >50%)
DRY BULB TEMPERATURE (°F)
WET BULB TEMPERATURE (°F)
RELATIVE HUMIDITY (%)
EYE LEVEL WIND SPEED (MPH)
WIND DIRECTION
CLOUD COVER (%)
1-HR FUEL MOISTURE (%)


                              Fire Behavior
FIRE (HEAD, FLANK, BACKING)
AVERAGE FLAME LENGTH (FT)
MAX. FLAME LENGTH (FT)
RATE OF SPREAD (CH/HR)
TORCHING/CROWNING (Y or N)
FIRE WHIRLS (Y or N)
SPOTTING (Y or N)
SMOKE DIRECTION
SMOKE RISE


Notes




OBSERVER NAME:                                             DATE
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                APPENDIX G - PRESCRIBED FIRE POST BURN EVALUATION
Burn Unit                     Date(s) Burned               Acres Burned                   Ignition Start Time


                                      Weather and Fuel Conditions
                              Time of Ignition             Low                            High
Temperature

Relative Humidity

1-hr Fuel Moisture
                                                                                          Days Since Significant
10-hr Fuel Moisture           100-hr Fuel Moisture         1000-hr Fuel Moisture
                                                                                          Precipitation


Wind Direction                Wind Speed (Average)         Percent of Fuel                Ignition Duration (min.)
(Average)                                                  Consumed


                             Accomplishment of Fuels Treatment Objectives
Overall Objectives                  Yes                   No
Achieved:
Short Term Results (include changes in fuel profile and fire regime condition class)




                                                 Cost Evaluation
Burn Plan              Site Preparation          Burn Operation       Total Burn Costs        Cost/Acre
Preparation
$                      $                         $                    $                       $
                            Narrative – Prescribed Fire Burn Boss Comments
i.e. operations, safety, fire behavior, personnel & equipment performance, logistics, smoke management
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Prescribed Fire Burn
                                                   Date
Boss
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                           APPENDIX H - AIR OPERATIONS PLAN
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                            APPENDIX I - Public Safety and Notification Plan

Pre-Burn
Who                     What action             Address                   When                   Done
Local Hunters           Project maps about                                By September 1         September 1, 2002
                        the project posted in
                        the project area.
UDWR                    Letter about the        152 E 100 N               By September 1         September 1, 2002
                        project.                Vernal, UT 84078
Moab BLM                Mail burn plan with     82 East Dogwood           By September 1         September 1, 2002
                        maps.                   Moab, UT 84702
SITLA                   Mail burn plan with                               By September 1         September 1, 2002
                        maps
Utah State Division     Mail burn plan with     152 E 100 N               By September 1         September 1, 2002
of Fire and Forestry    maps                    Vernal, UT 84078
Grand Junction BLM      Mail burn plans with    2815 H Road               By September 1         September 1, 2002
                        maps.                   Grand Junction, CO
                                                81506




News releases
Who                     What action             Address, Fax or           When                   Done
                                                email
Vernal Express          Information Sheet                                 3 days prior to burn
KVEL                    Information Sheet                                 Morning of the burn

				
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