Central Pine Barrens Fire Management Plan
April 1999

Table of Contents

(The complete Plan can be downloaded in a single pdf file here.)



TITLE PAGE, MILESTONES AND DATES, AND MEMBER ORGANIZATIONS OF THE TASK FORCE

PREFACE

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
ES.1  BACKGROUND
ES.2  TASK FORCE CREATION
ES.3  MISSION AND GOALS
ES.R  RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE PINE BARRENS COMMISSION

CHAPTER 1:  INTRODUCTION

CHAPTER 2:  DESCRIPTION OF THE LONG ISLAND PINE BARRENS
2.1  BACKGROUND
2.2  LOCATION
2.3  OWNERSHIP AND DEVELOPMENT PATTERNS
2.3.1  Demographic Information
2.3.2  Land Use
2.4  CLIMATE
2.5  TOPOGRAPHY
2.6  ECOSYSTEMS

CHAPTER 3:  FIRE ENVIRONMENT
3.1  INTRODUCTION
3.2  FIRE HISTORY
3.3  FOREST FUELS
3.3.1  Grasslands
3.3.2  Hardwood Forest
3.3.3  Pine-Oak Forest
3.3.4  Dwarf Pine-Scrub Oak Shrubland
3.4  ANNUAL FIRE WEATHER
3.4.1  Weather Influence
3.4.2  Long Island Weather Cycle
3.5  WILDLAND-URBAN INTERFACE
3.R  RECOMMENDATIONS

CHAPTER 4:  WILDFIRE PREVENTION
4.1  FIRE PREVENTION
4.2  PUBLIC NOTIFICATION OF FIRE DANGER
4.3  SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS AND GUIDELINES FOR THE WILDLAND-URBAN INTERFACE
4.4  PUBLIC INFORMATION AND EDUCATION
4.R  RECOMMENDATIONS

CHAPTER 5:  PRE-SUPPRESSION MANAGEMENT
5.1  PRE-PLAN EXPOSURE CONTROLS FOR PUBLIC INFORMATION
5.1.1  Defensible Spaces
5.1.2  Size-Up of Structures/ Determining Total Hazard Ratings
5.2  FIRE PROTECTION ASSESSMENT PLANNING
5.R  RECOMMENDATIONS

CHAPTER 6:  FIRE SUPPRESSION
6.1  INTRODUCTION
6.2  RESOURCES
6.3  SIZE-UP AND INCIDENT CLASSIFICATION
6.3.1  Size-Up
6.3.2  Incident Classification
6.4.  STRATEGIES AND TACTICS
6.4.1  Strategies
6.4.2  Minimum Impact Suppression Tactics (MIST)
6.5  MOP-UP AND PERIMETER CONTROL
6.R  RECOMMENDATIONS

CHAPTER 7:  COMMUNICATION
7.1  COMMUNICATION GOALS
7.2  RADIO COMMUNICATION
7.2.1  Existing Communications Conditions and Difficulties
7.2.2  Causes of Communications Difficulties
7.3  FUTURE ENHANCEMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS
7.R  RECOMMENDATIONS
7.R.1  Short Term (Immediate) Recommendations
7.R.2  Long Range Recommendations

CHAPTER 8:  POST FIRE ACTIVITIES
8.1  OVERVIEW OF POST FIRE ACTIVITIES
8.1.1.  Financial
8.1.2  Psychological Aspects
8.1.3.  Operational Recovery & Evaluation
8.1.4.  Rehabilitation of Ecological Damage
8.2  PINE BARRENS FIRE REPORTING
8.R  RECOMMENDATIONS

CHAPTER 9:  FIRE MANAGEMENT AND RESPONSIBILITIES
9.1  INTRODUCTION
9.2  FIRE DEPARTMENTS AND FIRE DISTRICTS
9.3  OUTSIDE AGENCIES

CHAPTER 10:  TRAINING
10.R  RECOMMENDATIONS

CHAPTER 11:  PRESCRIBED FIRE PROGRAM
11.1  PRESCRIBED FIRES
11.2  PRESCRIBED FIRE STANDARDS
11.3  COMPREHENSIVE PRESCRIBED FIRE MANAGEMENT PLAN
11.4  PRESCRIBED FIRE IMPLEMENTATION
11.5  PRESCRIBED FIRE STAFFING QUALIFICATIONS
11.6  MONITORING AND EVALUATION
11.7  SMOKE MANAGEMENT GUIDELINES
11.8  PUBLIC AWARENESS
11.R  RECOMMENDATIONS

APPENDIX A:  GLOSSARY

APPENDIX B:  ADDITIONAL INFORMATION RELATED TO THE FIRE ENVIRONMENT
B.1:  SELECT HISTORY OF MAJOR FIRES ON LONG ISLAND
B.2:  "AIDS TO DETERMINING FUEL MODELS FOR ESTIMATING FIRE BEHAVIOR" BY HAL E. ANDERSON (EXCERPT)

APPENDIX C:  DEFENSIBLE SPACE AND HAZARD ASSESSMENT FOR THE WILDLAND/ URBAN INTERFACE

APPENDIX D:  RESOURCE LISTING AND OTHER MISCELLANEOUS FORMS
D.1:  RESOURCE LISTING
D.2:  SIZE-UP FORM
D.3:  WILDFIRE CHECKLIST
D.4:  STAGING AREA FORM
D.5:  WILDFIRE BRIEFING FORM
D.6:  TEN STANDARD FIRE ORDERS

APPENDIX E:  POST INCIDENT RECOVERY CHECKLIST AND SPECIAL FIRE REPORT
E.1:  POST-INCIDENT RECOVERY CHECKLIST
E.2:  SPECIAL FIRE REPORT

APPENDIX F:  WILDFIRE TRAINING COURSES

APPENDIX G:  CENTRAL PINE BARRENS CORE PRESERVATION AREA FIRE DISTRICTS

APPENDIX H:  REFERENCES
 
 

List of Figures

Figure 2.1:  Central Pine Barrens Wildfire Task Force Fire Districts
 
 

List of Tables

Table 3.1:  Drought Index and Fire Intensity
Table 3.2:  Ten Hour Fuel Moisture and Fire Intensity
Table 3.3:  Wind Speed and Fire Characteristics
Table 6.1:  Summary of Data Recorded on Size-Up Form
Table 8.1:  Financial Assistance Available From Government Sources