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									                               National Forests and Grasslands in Texas




                  NATIONAL FOREST AND GRASSLANDS IN TEXAS

                              FIRE MANAGEMENT PLAN 2011




Prepared and Updated by /s/    Becky Finzer                   Date

Reviewed by /s/                                               Date



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Interagency Federal fire policy requires that every area with burnable vegetation must have a
Fire Management Plan (FMP). This FMP provides information concerning the fire management
process for the National Forests and Grasslands in Texas and compiles guidance from existing
sources such as but not limited to, the National Forests and Grasslands in Texas Land and
Resource Management Plan (LMP), national policy, and national and regional directives.
The potential consequences to firefighter and public safety and welfare, natural and cultural
resources, and values to be protected help determine the management response wildfire.
Firefighter and public safety are the first consideration and are always the priority during every
response to wildland fire.
The following chapters discuss broad forest and specific Fire Management Unit (FMU)
characteristics and guidance.
    Chapter 1 introduces the area covered by the FMP, includes a map of the National Forests
        and Grasslands in Texas, addresses the agencies involved, and states why the forest is
        developing the FMP.
    Chapter 2 establishes the link between higher-level planning documents, legislation, and
        policies and the actions described in FMP.
    Chapter 3 articulates specific goals, objectives, standards, guidelines, and/or desired future
        condition(s), as established in the forest’s LMP, which apply to all the forest’s FMUs and
        those that are unique to the forest’s individual FMUs.




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Chapter 1. INTRODUCTION
   The National Forests and Grasslands in Texas (NFGT) developed this FMP as a decision
   support tool to help fire personnel and decision makers determine the management response
   to an unplanned ignition. FMPs do not make decisions. Instead, they provide information,
   organized by FMUs, which provides a finer scale summarization of information than is
   possible at the forest level. These descriptions bring specific detail about the identifiable
   areas on the ground. FMPs are not static documents. They will evolve and be revised as
   conditions change on the ground and as modifications are made to the unit’s FMP.

   The NFGT is comprised of 637,475 acres in four Forests, and 38,100 acres in two
   Grasslands. The National Forests are located in-the “Piney woods” of east Texas,
   surrounded by private timberlands owned by both small and large landowners. However, all
   the major corporate landowners, such as Champion International, Louisiana Pacific and
   Temple-Inland have sold the majority of their land holdings to investment groups. The
   National Forests are in the Humid Temperate Domain, Subtropical Division, Southeastern
   Mixed Forest province of R G Baley’s Ecoregion Classification System. The Grasslands are
   in the Prairie Division and Prairie Parkland Province Local, relief for both areas range from
   100 to 600 ft, and 80 percent of the areas are gently sloped. Precipitation averages around 35
   to 40 inches on the Grasslands, and up to 60 inches annually in the Forest areas The NFGT
   are intermingled with private and timber industry ownerships. Many isolated parcels of a
   few acres to several hundred ‘acres occur throughout all districts. Access and rights-of-way
   management are extremely complex. Major population centers within two hours driving
   time of the Forests include Houston and Beaumont, Texas and Shreveport, Louisiana. The
   two Grasslands are within one hour driving time of the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan areas,
   in North Central Texas.

   The purpose of the NFGT Fire Management Plan (FMP) is to identify and integrate all
   wildland fire management and related activities with the context of the approved LMP. The
   FMP allows resource management direction found in the LMP to facilitate development
   implementation of fire management strategies. The FMP does not document fire
   management decisions; rather it provides the operational direction to implement the goals
   and objectives in the LRMP. This FMP applies to the lands administered by the NFGT. This
   document provides information, organized by Fire Management Unit (FMUs) which provide
   a finer scale summarization of information than is possible at the forest-wide level.

Chapter 2. POLICY, LAND MANAGEMENT PLANNING, AND PARTNERSHIPS

The 1996 NFGT LRMP, which was developed through both an internal and a public
involvement process, forms the basis for this FMP. This FMP is a detailed program of action to
carry out fire management policies; it will help achieve resource management objectives as
defined in NFGT”s LRMP.




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The 2001 Federal Wildland Fire Management Policy (updated from 1995 policy) and the
Revised Land and Resource Management Plan, NFGT (1996), are the guiding policy documents
for fire management on the Forest.
The 2001 Federal Wildland Fire Management Policy directs Federal agencies to achieve a
balance between suppression to protect life, property, and resources, and fire use to regulate fuels
and maintain healthy ecosystems. The policy provides nine guiding principles that are
fundamental to the success of the Federal wildland fire management program:
       1. Firefighter and public safety are the first priority in every fire management activity.
       2. The role of wildland fire as an essential ecological process and natural change agent
          will be incorporated into the planning process.
       3. Fire Management Plans, programs, and activities support land and resource
          management plans and their implementation.
       4. Sound risk management is a foundation for all fire management activities.
       5. Fire management programs and activities are economically viable, based upon values
          to be protected, costs, and land and resource management objectives.
       6. Fire Management Plans and activities are based upon the best available science.
       7. Fire Management Plans and activities incorporate public health and environmental
          quality considerations.
       8. Federal, State, tribal, local, interagency, and international coordination and
          cooperation are essential.
       9. Standardization of policies and procedures among federal agencies is an ongoing
          objective.

   2001 Federal Wildland Fire Management Policy (updated from 1995 policy):
          Safety
           Firefighter and public safety is the first priority. All Fire Management Plans and
           activities must reflect this commitment.
          Fire Management and Ecosystem Sustainability
           The full range of fire management activities will be used to help achieve ecosystem
           sustainability, including its interrelated ecological, economic, and social components.
          Response to Wildland Fire
           Fire, as a critical natural process, will be integrated into land and resource
           management plans and activities on a landscape scale, and across agency boundaries.
           Response to wildland fire is based on ecological, social, and legal consequences of
           the fire. The circumstances, under which a wildland fire occurs, and its likely
           consequences on firefighter and public safety and welfare, natural and cultural
           resources, and values to be protected, dictate the appropriate management response to
           the wildland fire.
          Use of Wildland Fire
           Wildland fire will be used to protect, maintain, and enhance resources and, as nearly
           as possible, be allowed to function in its natural ecological role. Use of fire will be
           based on approved Fire Management Plans and will follow specific prescriptions
           contained in operational plans.

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   Rehabilitation and Restoration
    Rehabilitation and restoration efforts will be undertaken to protect and sustain
    ecosystems, public health, and safety, and to help communities protect infrastructure.
   Protection Priorities
    The protection of human life is the single, overriding priority. Setting priorities
    among protecting human communities and community infrastructure, other property
    and improvements, and natural and cultural resources will be based on the values to
    be protected, human health and safety, and the costs of protection. Once people have
    been committed to an incident, these human resources become the highest value to be
    protected.
   Wildland Urban Interface
    The operational roles of federal agencies as partners in the wildland urban interface
    are wildland firefighting, hazardous fuels reduction, cooperative prevention and
    education, and technical assistance. Structural fire suppression is the responsibility of
    tribal, state, or local governments. Federal agencies may assist with exterior
    structural protection activities under formal fire protection agreements that specify the
    mutual responsibilities of the partners, including funding. (Some federal agencies
    have full structural protection authority for their facilities on lands they administer,
    and may also enter into formal agreements to assist state and local governments with
    full structural protection.)
   Planning
    Every area with burnable vegetation must have an approved Fire Management Plan.
    Fire Management Plans are strategic plans that define a program to manage wildland
    and prescribed fires based on the area’s approved land management plan. Fire
    Management Plans must provide for firefighter and public safety; include fire
    management strategies, tactics, and alternatives; address values to be protected and
    public health issues; and be consistent with resource management objective, activities
    of the area, and environmental laws and regulations.
   Science
    Fire Management Plans and programs will be based on a foundation of sound science.
    Research will support ongoing efforts to increase our scientific knowledge of
    biological, physical, and sociological factors. Information needed to support fire
    management will be developed through an integrated interagency fire science
    program. Scientific results must be made available to managers in a timely manner
    and must be used in the development of land and resource management plans, Fire
    Management Plans, and implementation plans.
   Preparedness
    Agencies will ensure their capability to provide safe, cost-effective fire management
    programs in support of land and resource management plans through appropriate
    planning, staffing, training, equipment, and management oversight.
   Suppression
    Fires are suppressed at minimum cost, considering firefighter and public safety,
    benefits, and values to be protected, consistent with resource objectives.


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      Prevention
       Agencies will work together and with their partners and other affected groups and
       individuals to prevent unauthorized ignition of wildland fires.
      Standardization
       Agencies will use compatible planning processes, funding mechanisms, training and
       qualification requirements, operational procedures, value-to-be-protected
       methodologies, and public education programs for all fire management activities.
      Interagency Cooperation and Coordination
       Fire management planning, preparedness, prevention, suppression, fire use,
       restoration and rehabilitation, monitoring, research, and education will be conducted
       on an interagency basis with the involvement of cooperators and partners.
      Communication and Education
       Agencies will enhance knowledge and understanding of wildland fire management
       policies and practices through internal and external communication and education
       programs. These programs will be continuously improved through the timely and
       effective exchange of information among all affected agencies and organizations.
      Agency Administrators and Employee Roles
       Agency administrators will ensure that their employees are trained, certified, and
       made available to participate in the wildland fire program locally, regionally, and
       nationally as the situation demands. Employees with operational, administrative, or
       other skills will support the wildland fire program as necessary. Agency
       administrators are responsible and will be held accountable for making employees
       available.
      Evaluation
       Agencies will develop and implement a systematic method of evaluation to determine
       effectiveness of projects through implementation of the 2001 Federal Fire Policy.
       The evaluation will assure accountability, facilitate resolution of areas of conflict, and
       identify resource shortages and agency priorities.


2.1. National and Regional Fire Management Policy
  Forest Service policy and direction that are relevant to this plan include:

      National Fire Plan (2001)
      Forest Service Manual 5100
      Forest Service Handbook 5109
      Aerial Application of Fire Retardant, Decision Notice 2008
      USDI Fish and Wildlife Services (FWS) Technical/Agency Second Revised
       Recovery Plan for the Red-Cockaded Woodpecker, January 27, 2003.
      1995 Federal Wildland Fire Management Policy and Program and Review (January
       2001)


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      Wilderness Fire Management Manual 2300, specifically FSM 2324 and is as follows:
       2324.2 - Management of Fire
      Interagency Standards for Fire and Aviation Operations(2010)
      Guidance for Implantation of Federal Wildland Fire Management Policy (February
       13, 2009).
          Gruidance states that "Wildland fire is a general term describing any non-structure
          fire that occurs in the wildland. Wildland fires are categorized into two distinct
          types:
           a. Wildfires – Unplanned ignitions or prescribed fires that are declared wildfires
           b. Prescribed Fires - Planned ignitions."

         The Guidance further states that "A wildland fire may be concurrently managed for
         one or more objectives and objectives can change as the fire spreads across the
         landscape. Objectives are affected by changes in fuels, weather, topography;
         varying social understanding and tolerance; and involvement of other
         governmental jurisdictions having different missions and objectives" and that
         "Management response to a wildfire on Federal land is based on objectives
         established in the applicable Land/ Resource Plan ... Initial action on human-
         caused wildfire will be to suppress the fire at the lowest cost with the fewest
         negative consequences with respect to firefighter and public safety."


2.2. National Forests and Grasslands in Texas Land and Resource
     Management Plan
   Forest Service Policy and direction that are relevant to this plan include:
    National Forests and Grasslands in Texas Land and Resource Management Plan,
      1996
    Amendment #7 to the 1996 Revised Land and Resource Management Plan (April,
      2006)
    Amendment #10 to the 1996 Revised Land and Resource Management Plan
      (September, 2010)
    The FEIS and ROD for Vegetation Management in the Coastal Plains/Piedmont
      (February 27, 1989)
    The FEIS and ROD for the Suppression of the Southern Pine Beetle (April 6, 1987)

2.3. Partnership
     Cooperative Wildland Fire Management and Stafford Act Response Agreement with
     the Texas Forest Service.




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Chapter 3. FIRE MANAGEMENT UNIT DESCRIPTIONS
       The primary purpose of developing FMUs in fire management planning is to assist in
       organizing information in complex landscapes. FMUs divide the landscape into smaller
       geographic areas to show each districts safety considerations, physical, biological, social
       characteristics and to frame associated planning guidance based on these characteristics.
       The following information, including the summaries of fuels conditions, weather and
       burning patterns, and other conditions in specific FMUs, helps determine the
       management response to an unplanned ignition and provides a quick reference to the
       strategic goals in the forest’s LMP.
       When making a decision for Planned or Unplanned fire proper procedures from the
       Forest Land Management Plan will need to be followed for all Management Areas.

   3.1. Fire Management Considerations Applicable to All Forest Fire
        Management Units
      The Fire Management Plan establishes specific geographic areas as Fire Management
      Units (FMUs). Each FMU establishes prescriptive criterion and other guidance, which
      provide area specific direction for managers to implement the objectives of the LMP and
      other activity-level plans. There are six FMUs. See Table 1. FMU.

       Table 1. FMU
          FMU              FMU Name                        Description/Location
           1      Lyndon B. Johnson and Caddo   Unit boundaries are the same as the Lyndon B.
                  Grasslands                    Johnson and Caddo National Grasslands
           2      Angelina                      Unit boundaries are the same as the Angelina
                                                National Forest
           3      Davy Crockett                 Unit boundaries are the same as the Davy
                                                Crockett National Forest
           4      Sam Houston                   Unit boundaries are the same as the Sam
                                                Houston National Forest
           5      Sabine                        Unit boundaries are the same as the Sabine
                                                National Forest


           3.1.1. Land and Resource Management Plan Guidance

Forest wide desired conditions, goals and objectives related to fire management activities as
described in the Land and Resource Management Plans (LRMP) for the NFGT. For a
comprehensive listing of management activities for all resources, please see the appropriate
section of the Land and Resource Management Plan (LRMP).

Strategic Goals:
The NFGT has established five strategic goals which will guide the Forest Supervisor and
District Rangers during the implementation of this Plan These goals are as follows




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      Biological Environment-Sustain the biologically diverse ecosystems that provide the
      many natural resources both living and non-living, that occurs on these NFGT lands in
      north and east Texas,
      Social-Provide social and cultural benefits for the American public and the many Forest
      and Grassland users from a recreational, environmental, and aesthetic perspective,
      Economic-Continue economic benefits that contribute to the support of communities
      within the planning area,
      Production-Through sound Ecosystem Management practices, maintain the continual
      flow and the long-term productivity and sustainability of renewable natural resources
      without long-term detriment to other resource values, and
      Physical Environment-Implement practices that ensure clean air, soil productivity, and
      water quality, which are key to the sustainability

Objectives
Biological Environment:

      b. Protect and improve habitat for threatened, endangered, and sensitive plant and animal
      species Develop habitat for threatened, endangered, or sensitive species not provided on
      privately owned forests and grasslands, while providing populations of other species that
      occur within Forest and Grassland successional stages

      c. Manage wilderness to preserve the character of its living and nonliving components,
      while allowing natural processes to develop

      d. Implement appropriate silvicultural practices based on site specific inventory data that
      promotes the diversity of the landscape

      e. Maintain, improve, or restore unique ecosystems using ECS information and
      restoration of ecological processes emphasizing the fire dependent longleaf and shortleaf
      pine ecosystems

      g. Manage fire-dependent ecosystems and communities through a prescribe burning
      program, providing resource protection and ecological management needs

Economic Objectives:

      g. Provide cost-effective fire protection for public lands and prevent loss of human life.

      h. Improve Forest and Grassland resource production through a prescribed burning
      program.

Physical Environment Objectives:

      d. Implement procedures and precautions that promote air quality consistent with
      Federal and State laws.



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Forest Wide Standards and Guidelines
Air Quality

FW-001        Management activities will maintain air quality that meets applicable Federal and
              State Standards and Regulations

FW-002        Management activities will maintain air quality in Environmental Protection
              Agency (EPA) determined non-attainment areas in conformity with the State
              Implementation Plan. Conformity determinations will be made and documented
              as required by the State Implementation Plan and regulations.

FW-004        Apply applicable Forest Service or State Smoke Management Guidelines during
              prescribed burns.

Biological Diversity

FW-021        Evaluate older forest stands scheduled for entry and management that demonstrate
              old-growth characteristics during sit e-specific environmental analysis. Older
              Forest stands (100 years old or older) may be identified during site-specific
              analysis as providing opportunities for accomplishing Forest-wade old growth
              objectives. After evaluation, stands so designated will then be managed to
              enhance that older forest character. In stands where old-growth character are
              present and the stand contributes to an identified need for old growth, the priority
              action for that stand should facilitate maintaining or improving that older forest
              condition unless emergency or other circumstances dictate other management
              strategies and desired conditions.

FW-023        Maintain or re-establish ground cover, and repair areas of bare soil using
              appropriate native and desirable non-native plant species.


Endangered, Threatened Species or Communities

FW-025        Inventory, identify, protect, and manage habitat for proposed endangered,
              threatened, sensitive species, and exemplary plant communities.

Chemicals

FW-031-7      Areas are not prescribed burned for at least 30 days after herbicide treatment
              (VM-59)

Fire
Prescribed Fire




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FW-061     Utilize prescribed fire as a tool to manage fire-dependent communities and
           ecosystems, timber production, fuel reduction, forage, range and wildlife habitat
           improvement in combination with other treatments.

           a. Prescribed burning is conducted in a manner that is in compliance with air
           quality standards.
           b. Prescribed fire frequency and timing will be based on management area
           direction as guided by Ecological Classification System.

FW-062     To minimize erosion on firelines, develop water bars as specified in forest-wide
           soil and water standards and seed bare earth

           Cool season annual grasses such as rye will be sown on freshly disturbed soil for
           cover crops to protect firelines constructed for winter burns

FW-063     For vegetation management actions using fire as a tool, the following standards
           from the Record of Decision of the Coastal Plain-Piedmont Vegetation
           Management FEIS will be followed.

FW-063-1   Site-specific planning for all prescribed burns is done by trained resource
           specialists and approved by the appropriate Forest Service line officer prior to
           project implementation. This planning includes description of treatment area,
           burn objectives, weather factors, and fuel moisture conditions, and resource
           coordination requirements. Coordination requirements include provisions for
           public and worker safety, burn day notification of appropriate agencies and
           persons, smoke management to comply with air quality regulations and protect
           visibility in Class I areas, protection of sensitive features, as well as fireline
           placement, specific firing patterns, ignition methods, and mop-up and patrol
           procedures. A post-burn evaluation compares treatment results with plan
           objectives. (VM-27)

FW-063-2   Prescribed fires in loblolly and shortleaf even-aged pine stands are generally not
           done until pines are about 10 to 15 feet tall (or 3 to 4 inches in diameter) at
           ground level. In longleaf pine stands, burns can be used prior to height growth for
           brownspot disease control when root collars of grass stage seedlings are at least
           03 to 05 inch in diameter. After height growth begins, burns can be used once
           seedlings are 3 to 5 feet tall. (VM-28)

           Prescribed fire may be used according to approved burning plans for control of
           brownspot, pre-commercial thinning and other actions appropriate to achieve the
           desired future condition.

FW-063-3   Slash burns are done so they do not consume all litter and duff and alter structure
           and color of mineral soil on more than 20 percent of the area. Steps taken to limit
           soil heating include use of backing fires on steep slopes, scattering slash piles, and
           burning heavy fuel pockets separately (VM-29)


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FW -063-4   On severely eroded forest soils, any area with an average litter-duff depth of less
            than ½ inch is not burned. (VM-30)

FW-063-5    Where needed to prevent erosion, water diversions are installed on firelines
            during their construction, and the firelines are re-vegetated promptly after the
            burn. (VM-32)

FW-063-6    Firelines which expose mineral soil are not located in filter strips along lakes,
            perennial or intermittent springs and streams, wetlands, or water-source seeps,
            unless tying into lakes, streams or wetlands as firebreaks at designated points with
            minimal soil disturbance. Low intensity fires with less than 2-foot flame lengths
            may be allowed to back into the strip along water bodies, as long as they do not
            kill trees and shrubs that shade the stream. The strip’s width in feet is at least 30
            plus 15 times the percent slope. (VM-33)

FW-063-7    When wetlands need to be protected from fire, firelines are plowed around them
            only when the water table is so low that the prescribed fire might otherwise
            damage wetland vegetation or organic matter. Previous firelines are reused as
            much as possible. (VM-34)

FW-063-8    If a fireline is required next to a wetland, it is not plowed in the transition zone
            between upland and wetland vegetation except to tie into a natural firebreak.
            (VM-35)

FW-063-9    The best available technology to control smoke emissions is used, including
            accelerated mop-up, rapid ignition techniques, and burning when moisture
            conditions limit total smoke production. Burning is not done during stagnant
            weather nor when predictions indicate that smoke drift into highways, airports,
            populated areas, or other sensitive areas may be hazardous (VM-37)

FW-063-10   Oak, oak-gum-cypress, and oak-pine stands and inclusions are protected by
            excluding fire or by using low-intensity backing fires (VM-38)

FW-063-11   Generally, understory burns are not scheduled during nesting season to avoid
            disrupting reproductive activities. Forest managers may, however, use burns to
            meet specific objectives, such as protecting threatened and endangered species (e
            g, red-cockaded woodpecker), reestablishing natural ecosystems, controlling
            brownspot disease and promoting longleaf height growth, and site preparation.
            Burns are planned and executed to avoid damage to habitat of any threatened,
            endangered, proposed, or sensitive species (such as destruction of bald eagle nest
            trees). (VM-39)

FW-063-12   Burns are planned to achieve their most desirable distribution for wildlife habitat
            and to try to break up large, continuous fuel types. When consistent with burning



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             objectives, burns are done to create a mosaic pattern of fuel types that
             complements fuel treatment and wildlife objectives. (VM-40)

FW-063-13    Critical values of the Keetch-Byram Drought Code are developed for all major
             vegetation- soil- landform types on which prescribed fires are conducted.
             Burning is allowed only on days when the Drought Code is less than this critical
             value. (VM-41)

FW-063-14    Prescribed fires are conducted under the direct supervision of a burning boss with
             fire behavior expertise consistent with the project's complexity. All workers must
             meet health, age, physical and training requirements in FSM 5140, and use
             protective clothing and equipment. (VM-42)

Fire Suppression

FW-064       Provide a level of protection from wildfire that results in the least total combined
             cost of presuppression, suppression, and net value change (most efficient level)
             except where management direction requires a more intense level of protection

FW-065       Implement the most efficient level (M.E.L.) fire program budget identified by
             The Level I1 Fire Management Analysis and as determined through the annual
             fire management action plan

FW-066       Use an appropriate suppression response which minimizes the combined cost
             of suppression action and resource damage. The suppression response may be
             confinement, containment, or control.

FW-067       The suppression response is control where life, public safety or private property
             is threatened.

Integrated Pest Management

FW-077       For SPB control, the following standards and guidelines from the Record of
             Decision of the Southern Pine Beetle FEIS apply.

             3. When pile and burn is used to control SPB, the work will comply with the
             Forest Service Manual directions on air quality management for prescribed fire
             (Chapters 2120, Air Resource Management, 5140, Prescribed Fire, and 5150, Fuel
             Management). All Federal and State air pollution laws must be followed. (SPB-5)

             4. Weather conditions will be closely monitored before prescribed burning
             activities occur to ensure that atmospheric conditions allow for quick smoke
             dispersal to maintain air quality Air quality values for Class I wildernesses and
             national forest lands will be protected by conducting prescribed burning under a
             smoke management plan. (SPB-6)



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Silvicultural Practices

FW-204-6      Safety equipment for Forest Service workers (such as hard hats, eye and ear
              protection, chaps, and fire retardant clothes) is worn as determined by a Job
              Hazard Analysis specified in the Health and Safety Code Handbook.
              (FSH 6709 11) This analysis estimates risks to specific body parts and prescribes
              needed protection. (VM-13)

FW-204-23     Forest Service equipment operators must demonstrate proficiency with the
              equipment and be licensed to operate it. A helper must direct the operator where
              safety is compromised by terrain or limited sight distance. (VM-53)

FW-204-24     Chain saw operators must be periodically certified and demonstrate proficiency
              with chain saws. (VM-85)

Soil and Water

FW-212        Do not operate equipment if damage occurs during wet ground conditions.

              Operation of equipment should generally be stopped when 30 percent of the
              traffic area has ruts that are 6 inches or deeper. Exception for pond construction,
              soil erosion and rehabilitation, facility maintenance and construction or fire
              suppression activities may apply.



3.1.2. Physical Characteristics that Apply to All Fire Management Units

See Individual FMU Guidance




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