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Fire Terminology

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Damage Evaluation, Damage Assessment and Recovery.


Actions taken prior to the ignition of a fire to affect the fire’s behavior or impact.


The comprehensive application of safety, fire prevention, and fire hazard reduction techniques aimed to prevent the ignition of wildland fires, prevent the damage fires can cause, reduce the costs of suppressing the fires and improving forest health.


Activities undertaken in advance of fire occurrence to help ensure more efficient fire suppression. It includes over-all planning, recruitment and training of fire personnel, procurement and maintenance of fir fighting equipment and supplies, and creating maintaining, and improving a system of fuel-breaks, roads, water sources, and control lines.


Efforts to identify specifics where actions should be taken to have the most effect on potential fires.


Controlled application of fire to wildland fuels, in either their natural or modified state, under conditions of weather, fuel moisture, soil moisture, etc., as to allow the fire to be confined to a predetermined area and at the same time to produce results to meet planned objectives of land management.


A list of activities developed to solve an identified problem or need. A prescription will include: 1) what will be done, 2) when it will be done, 3) where it will be done, 4) who will do it, and 5) the estimated cost. Prescriptions will normally be associated only with targeted fire prevention activities.


The distribution of information to influence the behavior of the general public.


Distribution of information regarding ongoing department activities and proclamation, advisories and education messages.


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