New Fire Plan Proposed, Old One Not Quite Working Yet

August 15, 2001

On Aug. 13, 2001, President Bush and Interior Sec. Norton endorsed a 10-year fire plan proposed by the Western Governors Assoc. that would grant Western states and localities more discretion in preventing and fighting wildfires.The plan calls for greater interagency cooperation and some logging of mature trees: Press release.

  • WGA: Karen Deike or Paul Orbuch, 303-623-9378.
  • DOI: Mark Pfeifle, 202-208-6416.
  • Forest Service (USDA): Maria Bynum, 202-720-5192.
  • Wilderness Soc. (helped to develop the WGA plan): Greg Aplet, 303-650-5818 x104, Factsheet.

ALSO: On Jul. 31, 2001, the General Accounting Office told a House committee that implementing the existing Natl. Fire Plan will be tough unless the 5 key federal land-mgmt. agencies can cooperate more effectively: Testimony. How well are these agencies coordinating on responses to wildfires on federal lands near you?

NEW RESOURCE: On Jul. 18, 2001, a new Web site for the Natl. Fire Plan debuted. Includes state-specific NFP activities and year-to-date fire statistics.