U.S. Joint Fire Science Program


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Fiinnaall Reeppoorr tt JFSP 05--S--02


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Preface This document, The Fire Managers Field Guide: Hazardous Fuels Management in Sub-tropical Pine Flatwoods and Tropical Pine Rocklands is intended to provide an overview of techniques and tactics under actual use for addressing hazardous fuels in tropical and subtropical pine forests found in Florida, the Bahamas and elsewhere in the Caribbean. The information presented here was distilled from peer reviewed literature, technical reports, and the experiences of on-theground fire managers. Managing fuels is complex and idiosyncratic. This guide is intended to provide only a broad introduction to currently available techniques; some well known and others newer and untested. The goal is to give the fuel manager options and food for thought, not to provide exact prescriptions for dealing with a specific fuel problem. A fire manager must always attend appropriate training and seek out guidance from colleagues and other experts before applying an unfamiliar treatment or experimenting with a new, untested combination of techniques.