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Anchor by Tom Harbour Point Director, Fire and Aviation Management Forest Service, Washington, DC Fire ManageMent into the Future T oday, as I formulate this article, lished. In it, I see the success of our wildfires are burning in Arizona, We need to use better- future fire management efforts in California, New Mexico, and promoting: Texas. Earlier in the year, we’ve defined protocols for • Fire-adapted communities, assisted in or managed fire suppres- managing wildfires and • Fire-adapted ecosystems, and sion efforts in Oklahoma, Florida, the tools that help us • Fire-adapted business practices— and South Carolina. Another fire evaluate risk and make how we operate. season is certainly upon us. So, better risk-informed what’s different about this fire sea- decisions during fire What’s the Same? son? What’s the same? And what incidents What’s the same is our ongoing does fire management look like as commitment to long-term coop- we look into the future? eration, management, and safety. We need to continue to work with What’s Different? dent-level support to fire manag- existing partners, develop new part- ners, and make those partnerships This year, we’ve received new guid- ers under the “two kinds of fire” as effective as possible. We need to ance for the implementation of the framework. WFDSS is an array of continue our work to accomplish Federal Wildland Fire Policy. While decision support applications that much-needed fuels projects to the policy itself has not changed, calculate risk and probability and enhance the safety of communities the implementation g
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