Ecological Fire Use

Many fire ecologists believe that fire reintroduction must be urgently and actively conducted on a landscape scale for the sake of ecological restoration and biodiversity preservation. More fire needs to be put on the ground not only to compensate for the historic fire deficit that has adversely impacted fire-dependent species and fire-adapted ecosystems, but also to mitigate undesirable future fire behavior and effects that may accompany climate change. Progressive fire managers have been doing wildland fire use for several decades under many different names, acronyms, and objectives, but it is the rarest agency response to wildfires. Over 98% of all wildfire ignitions receive an aggressive initial attack response regardless of the source, location, or conditions of the fire–missing innumerable opportunities to manage wildfires as prescribed fires to achieve beneficial resource and restoration objectives. FUSEE advocates that Ecological Fire Use should become the main tool to actualize the new paradigm of Ecological Fire Management, actively managing all wildfires in remote uninhabited wildlands with ecological restoration objectives guiding actions. This page presents several documents advocating for ecological fire use for natural resource, hazard reduction, and ecosystem restoration benefits.