Fire has the potential to change park landscapes more often than volcanoes, earthquakes or even floods. Such forces of change are completely natural and often necessary. Plants and animals have evolved with, and many depend on, the role fire plays in creating and maintaining a diversity of habitats.
Resource managers at Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area follow a comprehensive fire plan that allows the restoration of fire regimes through a full range of management tools. Natural fire, prescribed fire, hazardous fuel reduction, and fire effects monitoring help restore natural processes while providing for firefighter and public safety.
Forging The Landscape
To understand the current fire management policy, how it came to be and where it will take us in the future, click on the above links to learn more about the effects of fire in forging the landscape of Bighorn Canyon.
Mission: The National Park Service manages wildland fire to protect the public, communities and infrastructure, conserve natural and cultural resources, and restore and maintain ecological health.
Did You Know?
Prior to the completion of Yellowtail Dam, the Bighorn River was a muddy, warm water prairie stream. The dam transformed the river into a cold, clear tailwater ideally suited to rainbow and brown trout, and aquatic insects. The Bighorn River now draws visitors and anglers from around the globe. More...