Wildfire video: managing for multiple objectives in the Southwest

The Southwest Fire Science Consortium just released two new videos on fire issues in the southwest. The below video covers changes to the federal fire policy made in 2009 and how they have affected managers abilities to manage fires for multiple objectives. For instance, federal fire managers can now suppress one flank of a fire while allowing another flank to burn through the remote backcountry, where it poses no threat to communities or infrastructure but could serve an important ecological role.

In the video, fire managers from the Southwest discuss how the new policy has changed their management techniques as well as some of the ongoing challenges of managing fires.