Fireground Safety, Wildland Firefighting

Forest Service Changes Course on Wildland Firefighting Policy

The U.S. Forest Service is changing its approach to fighting wildfires after a costly year of wildland firefighting operations in 2012.

A report from the public news service said (http://bit.ly/106DRPr) the agency is reverting from last year’s “fight all fires” approach to letting small fires in remote areas burn naturally in recognition that fire was part of the natural landscape. The Forest Service spent more than $1 billion dollars fighting wildfires last year.

“Putting out every single fire is not good for firefighter safety, it’s not good for the environment, and it’s not good for the bottom line and the taxpayers,” said Jonathan Oppenheimer, senior conservation associate at the Idaho Conservation League.

Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell issued this decision on the policy shift for the upcoming fire season.

Read additional details about the changing policy at http://bit.ly/106DRPr.