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.
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,
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.
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
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
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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