Fire management is the range of possible technical decisions and actions available to prevent, maintain, control or use fire in a given landscape. The primary premise of this paper is that more sophisticated fire management technologies are not likely to solve the problem of destructive wildfires, nor are they going to be effective in re-establishing ecologically appropriate fire regimes in places that need to burn. There is a need to integrate socio-cultural realities and ecological imperatives with technological approaches to managing fires. This paper sets forth a framework that we are calling Integrated Fire Management which leads to ecologically and socially appropriate approaches to managing fires and addressing fire-related threats on conservation lands.
Global Fire Initiative, The Nature Conservancy