Fire in Wilderness Stories

Lightning-caused wildfire in a wilderness area presents challenges and opportunities. Firefighters must access and contain the fire with minimal use of helicopters and gasoline-powered machinery. But they can use wildfire as a natural process to help reduce dangerous fuel loads, such as swaths of beetle-killed trees. Fire managers use natural barriers to contain a wildfire and pre-identify trigger points. If the fire reaches a trigger point, suppression activities begin.

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    Last updated: June 6, 2018