Hualapai Nation

 

Fire Management Plan




The Hualapai Department of Natural Resources (HDNR) received funding from the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) to create a Fire Management Plan (Plan) for the Hualapai Reservation. The Plan establishes different fire management zones across the reservation and identifies policies and practices for managing fire on the Hualapai Reservation.

 The 1995 Federal Wildland Fire Management Policy was developed to reduce the likelihood of catastrophic fires on federal lands, to reiterate the primary objective of the protection of human life and to establish policies for future actions by federal agencies in the prevention, suppression and utilization of fires on public lands (U.S.D.O.I. 1995). This policy also states that “every area with burnable vegetation will have an approved management plan” and that “Indian trust lands are private lands held in trust by the government and that Tribes possess a Nationhood status and retain inherent powers of self government”. In this light, the Hualapai Tribe has decided to better protect their people, property and natural and cultural resources through cooperation with the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs in the development of a Wildland and Prescribed Fire Management Plan (Plan). The Plan will assist tribal and federal agents in the implementation of fire management actions that will reduce the intensity of wild and prescribed fires, enhance the safety of firefighters, protect the general public and their property and preserve valuable natural and cultural resources of the Hualapai Reservation.

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Fire prevention, suppression, prescribed burning, mechanical fuels treatments, burned area emergency rehabilitation and fire use are all addressed in the Plan. Approval of the Plan by the BIA allows BIA forestry access to funding for prescribed burning and mechanical fuels treatments in the future.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The United States Department of the Interior Manual Part 620, Wildland Fire Management requires the BIA and Tribal Nations to have an approved Fire Management Plan (Plan) to administer prescribed burn projects and incorporate alternative fire management strategies to manage wildland fires. The Plan will provide a description of resources to be affected and procedures for implementing designed silvicultural strategies to achieve a safe and sound fire management process within the scope of this policy. It will be supplemented by operational plans as directed by the Bureau of Indian Affairs Manual (IAM) 99 04, Part 90, Chapter 2. § 2. In addition, the Plan tiers off from the Forest Management Plan (1990 2000) as well as the Fire Management Preparedness Analysis (2000), Mobilization Plan (2002), and Agency Local Continuity of Operations Plan (1999).

The main goal of the Hualapai Tribe in implementation of this Plan is to protect human safety and property while managing the timber and range resources for maximum sustainability while maintaining adequate air and water quality. Implementation of the Plan will hopefully also reduce the likelihood of catastrophic fire where timber and range resources may be compromised. In addition, this plan outlines strategies for fire prevention and suppression, fuels reductions and rehabilitation of the landscape following wildland fires.

This plan compliments the Hualapai Tribe’s Forest Management Plan (1990-2000) that is currently under revision. The objective of both plans is to provide for sustainable and renewable timber resources as a source of income for the Tribe while reducing the damage caused by wildland and man-caused fires. In addition, both plans provide for the enhancement of wildlife habitats and take considerations for threatened and endangered species and cultural resources.

The Hualapai Tribe’s fire management objectives are as follows:
 

- Prior to the 2003 fire season, define wildland fire protection responsibilities via formal agreements (or include wildland fire management specifications in the community fire protection contracts) between the Tribe and BIA.

- Prior to the 2003 fire season, develop annual funding agreements between the Tribe and BIA to provide a means for prompt (10 days or less) payment for reimbursement of eligible expenses incurred as a result of fire and fuels management operations.

-  Update FMPA analysis every 5 years (minimum) thereafter.

- Control 90% of all unwanted wildland fires at 100 acres or less.

- In FY 2003, develop a mobilization plan for the Truxton Canon Field Office and the Tribe. Update annually.

- Reduce fuels hazardous accumulations on at least 2500 acres over a fire year period to create defensible space for resources at risk, particularly in the wildland/urban interface and timber compartments.

- Annually contact at least 80% of the homeowners whose property is at risk of damage from wildland fires to provide advice regarding fire prevention and the creation of defensible space.

 

 

 


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