Decision Making for Wildfire Incidents: A Reference Guide for Applying the Risk Management Process at the Incident Level [open pdf - 3MB]
"The purpose of this publication is to assist fire managers, resource specialists, and agency administrators in developing and communicating timely and sound risk management-based decisions for managing wildfires. The process described in this publication is consistent with the Federal fire policy for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Forest Service; and the U.S. Department of the Interior (USDOI), Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), National Park Service (NPS), and Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Other agencies (state, local, and nongovernmental) may find this publication useful in applying the risk management process to wildfire decision making within the requirements and framework of their own agency policies and procedures, and as an aid to participating in decision making with their Federal partners. This publication provides guidance on the risk assessment and risk management process, flow, and points to consider in making informed, sound risk-based decisions. It emphasizes the thought process behind sound fire management decision making using a risk management process, without tying the process to a specific decision documentation structure (e.g., the Wildland Fire Decision Support System [WFDSS] or Wildland Fire Situation Analysis [WFSA])."
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