Landscape Fire Assessment

Designing FireSmart landscapes involves the use of a landscape fire assessment. This assessment process uses a wildfire threat assessment and fire regime analysis to evaluate both the positive and negative impacts of wildfire.

Understanding the Fire Environment

Understanding the Fire Environment involves understanding the surrounding conditions, influences and modifying forces of topography, fuel, and fire weather that determine fire behavior – and how the fire environment may change over time under different resource management practices and disturbances.

Strategies and Tactics

FireSmart landscapes require an integrated approach for fire and resource management. This may involve a number of goals, objectives, strategies and tactics to help achieve sustainable forest management.

Strategies and Tactics include (but are not limited to):

  • Access management
  • Communication, education, training
  • Enhancing suppression capability
  • Fuel management
  • Harvest & Silviculture sequencing, design and layout
  • Incorporating fire into risk management
  • Incorporating prescribed burning to create post fire habitats, health, structure and integrity of forests
  • Incorporating wildland/urban interface initiatives
  • Locating and establishing barriers to fire spread
  • Planning with uncertainty
  • Reducing fire behavior potential
  • Reducing fire occurrence risk
  • Reducing the exposure to values at risk
  • Regeneration strategies
  • Slash, grass and debris management


Updated: Mar 11, 2011