Reducing Wildfire Risks
(Climate Action Plan, p. 15.)
- Federal agencies are to expand and prioritize forest and rangeland restoration efforts to reduce vulnerability to fire.
- The Departments of the Interior (DOI) and Agriculture (USDA) are to launch a Western Watershed Enhancement Partnership to reduce wildfire risk in five western states by removing flammable brush and vegetation from around critical areas such as reservoirs.
Implementation, Progress, and Outcomes
July 19, 2013: USDA and DOI announced the Western Watershed Enhancement Partnership, a federal, local, and private partnership to protect the U.S. water supply from the risks of wildfire. The partnership will use a comprehensive approach to identify and mitigate risks of wildfire to the nation’s water supply, irrigation, and hydroelectric facilities. (News Release, USDA, USDA and Interior Announce Partnership to Protect America's Water Supply from Increased Wildfire Risk (July 19, 2013).)
April 9, 2014: USDA and DOI released The National Strategy: The Final Phase of the Development of the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy, the culmination of a collaborative effort by federal, state, local, and tribal governments, nongovernmental partners, and public stakeholders to design a cohesive wildfire management strategy. The National Strategy includes both national strategic planning and regionally specific assessment and risk analysis to address climate change and other risk factors. Specific elements of the National Strategy include:
- Adopting preventive measures such as fuels thinning and controlled burns;
- Promoting effective municipal, county, and state building and zoning codes and ordinances;
- Ensuring that watersheds, transportation, and utility corridors are part of future management plans; and
- Determining how organizations can best work together to reduce and manage human-caused ignitions.
(See News Release, USDA, Obama Administration Outlines New Strategy to Better Protect Communities, Businesses and Public and Private Lands from the Threat of Wildland Fire Ahead of 2014 Fire Season (Apr. 9, 2014).)
This page was last updated on April 21, 2014.