Thursday, May 14, 2015

Quadrennial Fire Review Published

Yesterday, Tom Harbour, Director of Fire and Aviation for the US Forest Service, announced the publication of the Quadrennial Fire Review (QFR).  Conducted every four years, the QFR evaluates current wildland fire management strategies and capabilities against the best estimates of the future environment. 

I'm already being asked what the difference is between the QFR and the Cohesive Strategy.   

To put it simply, the Cohesive Strategy assesses the situation we have right now and drives new and improved approaches to fire management and community challenges across the country.  The QFR will look at the whole of the Cohesive Strategy effort, in the context of future environments and either validate or modify the Cohesive Strategy.  The QFR sets the framework for evaluating the Cohesive Strategy over the next 20 years.

The QFR is not a formal policy or decision document, but rather a strategic evaluation of the long-range direction of wildland fire management. It can inform strategic planning, investments, operational capabilities, and positioning.  Its objective is to create an integrated, long range strategic vision document for the community and to use it as the foundation for policy discussions within federal agencies and, more importantly, among federal agencies and state, local, tribal, and other partners.  Be sure to check it out here.   

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