The Human Dimension

How we respond to risk, make decisions, and communicate with others

Publications Presentations Other Human Dimension Resources



The Mack Lake Fire. 1983

Does it make sense to restore wildland fire in changing climate? 2008.

The incident response pocket guide. 2010.

The Fire Learning Network: a promising conservation strategy. 2010.

Talking about fire: Pikangikum First Nation elders guiding fire management. 2010.

Preparing tomorrow’s fire professionals: integration of education, training, and experience through science-management partnerships. 2011.

Pagami Creek Fire Entrapments: Facilitated Learning Analysis. USFS Eastern Region, Superior National Forest, Minnesota. Incident date: 12 September 2011.

Characterizing the Decision Process of Land Managers when Managing for Endangered Species of Fire Dependent Ecosystems: The Case of the Kirtland’s warbler (Septophaga kirtlandii Baird). 2012.

Lower North Fork Prescribed Fire, Prescribed Fire Review. 2012.


Learning from Escaped Prescribed Fire Reviews. A series of podcasts (compiled 2011-2012 by USFS Joint Fire Science project).

Other Human Dimension of Fire Resources

Wildland Fire Management, Research, Development and Application (WFMRDA) website has a number of risk assessment and decision support references.
     Decision Support & Training
     Decision Support Tools
     Climate Weather Smoke
     Fuels-Ecology-Fire Effects

Wildland Fire Decision Support System (WFDSS), Relative Risk Assessment. This process can inform help managers which actions are worth the risk and what can be done to mitigate or reduce those risks.

Native Peoples and Fire in the Northern Rockies. The site is provided as a resource for “anyone seeking information about the Indian use of fire and fire management on the Flathead Reservation.” It includes a photo gallery, fire ecology information, training materials, and comparative looks at fire history and fire management today.

Wildland Fire Leadership website, established by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG), highlights the need for leadership skills both in beginning firefighters and organization leadership.

Decision Making for Wildfire Incidents: A reference guide for applying the risk management process at the incident level. A draft publication co-sponsored by the NWCG Fire Use Subcommittee and the Wildland Fire Management Research, Application and Development program. Comments on this draft publication are due October 15, 2012.

Forests and Rangelands provides fire, fuels, and land management information for government officials, land and wildland fire management professionals, businesses, communities, and interested organizations and individuals. Also provides information on the FLAME Act and cohesive wildfire management strategy.