Fire Management Options
The National Park Service uses many tools to manage our resources. Fire is one such tool. By using a combination of fire management techniques we can both reduce the risk to the public from fire and also maintain healthy ecosystems.
Extinguishing or limiting wildland fires at their discovery by utilizing the safest and most efficient suppression methods available
The management of naturally ignited (lightning) wildland fires to accomplish specific pre-stated resource management objectives in predefined geographic areas outlined in Fire Management Plans.
The removal of natural vegetation with mechanized equipment and/or hand tools. Usually limbing and thinning vegetation and disposing of the material through pile burning.
The use of herbicides to control unwanted vegetation. Follow-up treatments may include mechanical fuel reduction.
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