Wildfire Prevention Patrol Guide   [open pdf - 871KB]

"The use of our wildlands by people, living, working and recreating is increasing rapidly in today's world. Many areas that received light visitor use a few years ago, now experience large numbers of people over an extended recreational season. The increased use of our wildlands escalates the risk of fire ignitions which threaten and damage human life, homes, property and natural resources. The wildfire prevention strategies which are most effective dealing with these types of human ignitions fall within the categories of education and enforcement. The most effective implementation of these prevention actions occur immediately before, during or after these activities take place. For example, it is proven that the most effective prevention actions that reduce recreational campfire ignitions include posting signs at specific camping locations, educating the specific target or user group and conducting highly visible patrols during periods of high fire danger. The irony of this situation is that as human-use of our wildland areas has increased, agency patrols and presence in these use areas has often decreased-generally, as a result of increased operating costs and decreased agency staffing. The challenge to proactively prevent unwanted loss of life, property and natural resources then becomes 'Implement effective prevention patrols in high risk, hazard and value areas during periods of increased fire danger with limited resources.' This guide is designed to help you take this first step and develop the appropriate and effective patrol plan for your area. The challenge that may remain is to garner agency support for and implement a proactive prevention program."

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