Wildland Fire and Fuels Planning

Wildland Fuels Planning

Who needs a fire management plan?

NTFI develops fire management plans that help landowners to live safely with wildfire. We help clients ranging from homeowners to owners of large, timbered properties to understand the hazards that they face, and provide them with solutions that lower their exposure to fire losses. Among our staff, we can call upon hundreds of years of collective experience in wildfire management, forestry, fuels reduction, logging and ranching. Our team members have developed Fire Management Plans for both Federal and private parties.

Fire Management Planning Process

We analyze potential wildfire behavior for fire-prone lands using: We use these tools to create maps and documents that: Benefits of having a Fire Management Plan may include:

Community Wildfire Protection Planning

Community wildfire protection plans (CWPP) are a component of the 2003 Healthy Forests Initiative. Funding agencies such as FEMA are beginning to use these plans to set priorities for funding wildfire prevention work such as Hazardous Fuels Reduction. Counties and cities that have completed this process are in a better position to compete for hazard reduction grants. NTFI-GIS has been involved in CWPP efforts including hazardous fuel mapping and fuel reduction project design for communities in the Lake Tahoe Basin, and in the the co-development of the Plumas County Hazardous Fuel Assessment & Strategy. This project is an integral component of the Plumas County Fire Plan.

For more information on the Plumas County Hazardous Fuel Assessment, visit our Fire Modeling page.

NorthTree Fire has experience developing background data for the FEMA Benefit-Cost Analysis (BCA) process, and provides technical consulting on wildfire hazard mitigation and fuel reduction grant proposals.

Other Planning/GIS Services

NorthTree Fire staff can provide services including:


Other examples of NTFI pre-fire planning projects include: the Lassen Foothills Fire Management Plan for 85,000 acres of Nature Conservancy land in Northern California, and Fire Management Plans for the 50,000 acre Morro Bay Estuary watershed, and the Palo Corona Regional Park, on the California Central Coast. Additionally, NTFI used GIS analysis to develop a fuels management budget-plan for 35 million acres of public lands administered by the Nevada BLM.