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Ann Davison, CAE
Strategic Information Manager
703–273-9815 x329
adavison@iafc.org

Regional Wildland Fire Risk Analysis Reports Now Available

Stakeholder Engagement Encouraged in Final Phase of the Cohesive Strategy

December 17, 2012

Regional Risk Analysis Reports identifying regional strategies for addressing wildland fire management risk in the United States are now available. The reports are a foundational element in the continuing work surrounding the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy (Cohesive Strategy)—a collaborative process to seek national, all-lands solutions to wildland fire management issues—now in its final phase.

The Regional Risk Analysis Reports were completed by three Regional Strategy Committees (RSC), each comprised of representatives from federal, state, local and tribal governments and non-governmental organizations with interests in wildland fire management. They contain key elements that can be integrated into strategies for addressing the shared goals of the Cohesive Strategy:

  • Resilient landscapes
  • Fire-adapted communities
  • Response to wildland fire

“Wildland fire management challenges for our fire departments are formidable and growing more complex given the diversity of our landscapes, demographics, and social values,” said Chief Hank Clemmensen, IAFC president and chairman of the board. “These challenges present the need to unite stakeholders in comprehensively identifying strategies for the future of fire management and the cohesive strategy process has given us that opportunity”. 

Across the United States, the Regional Risk Analysis Reports were developed through a collaborative public process and apply science data to explore regionally specific approaches and options for wildland fire management. They have been designed as practical decision-support tools for wildland fire management agencies including local fire departments, non-governmental organizations and local communities. 

The reports suggest how key options can be integrated into a strategy, and include:

  • Examples of how to “braid” federal, state, local and private interests
  • Ideas on how projects and funds can be better aligned and leveraged
  • Profiles of success that have blended experience to build stronger collaborations

Next Steps: Input Needed on Action Plans

During this third and final phase of the Cohesive Strategy development, the three RSCs will work with fellow stakeholders and partners to construct Regional Action Plans, building on foundational elements and momentum of the regional reports. Action Plans will define and document the actions intended for implementation over the course of the next five years.

“The recommendations and strategies identified in these reports can make lasting improvements to the safety of our communities and health of our landscapes,” continued Clemmensen. “It’s important that local fire chiefs continue to take part in the cohesive strategy process.”

The IAFC’s Wildland Fire Policy Committee (WFPC) is leading the association’s participation in the Cohesive Strategy programs. For more information on how to get involved contact the WFPC staff liaison or reach out to the chair of the RSG in your region.

Northeast Regional Strategy Committee
Brad Simpkins, Chair
northeastrsc@gmail.com

Southeast Regional Strategy Committee
Mike Zupko, Chair
mike@zup-co-inc.com

Western Regional Strategy Committee
Doug MacDonald, Chair
westerncohesivestrategy@gmail.com

IAFC Wildland Fire Policy Committee
Shawn Stokes, Staff Liaison and Assistant Director of National Programs
shawn.stokes@iafc.org

Learn more about the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy at www.forestsandrangelands.gov

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