I’ve been having an interesting conversation with @US_Wildfire via Twitter DMs about suppression vs. containment of wildfires They kindly provided me this document (reproduced in full, below) from NIFC (National Interagency Fire Center) as a reference in our discussion, so I thought I’d share:
Response to wildland fire will be coordinated across levels of government regardless of the jurisdiction at the ignition source.
Wildland fire is a general term. It describes a non-structure fire that occurs in the wildland. There are two distinct categories:
• Wildfires – unplanned ignitions or prescribed fires that are declared wildfires
• Prescribed fires – planned ignitions
A wildland fire may be concurrently managed for one or more objectives. Objectives can change as the fire spreads.
• Objectives are affected by changes in fuels, weather, and topography; public understanding and tolerance; and involvement of governmental jurisdictions that may have different missions and objectives.
Management response to a wildland fire on federal land is based on objectives established in the applicable land, resource and/or fire plan.
Managers will use a decision support process to guide and document wildfire management decisions.
• The process will provide situational assessment, analyze hazards and risk, define implementation actions, and document decisions and rationale for those decisions.
Source: NIFC External Affairs