Managing Special Provisions in Wilderness: Fire

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Learn about the appropriate management of fire in wilderness, including the use of prescribed fire and fuel treatments.
This course is not a replacement for fire training.

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Managing wildfire in any setting can be complicated, but in wilderness there are many more considerations to keep in mind to maintain wilderness character. This course reviews the appropriate management of fire in wilderness, including the use of prescribed fire and fuel treatments.

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Course Schedule

This course is self-paced, allowing learners the flexibility to complete the course as quickly or slowly as they need. While exploring course content, learners can investigate topics in greater detail through enrichment activities that link to real-world examples, original source materials, and policy documents. Learners can easily move from section to section as they navigate through the course, revisiting concepts as needed.

Elements of the course:

  • Informational text
  • Interactive practice activities
  • Learn More opportunities
  • Supplemental reference materials
  • Final assessment

After completing all course activities, you will complete a brief assessment to demonstrate your understanding of key course concepts. Upon successful completion of the assessment, you will be awarded a certificate of completion.

Course Chapters

  • Introduction to Fire in Wilderness
  • Fire Management Planning

Be able to:

  • Recognize the natural role of fire in your wilderness.
  • Locate your agency's policy for managing wilderness fire.
  • Compare managing fire in wilderness and fire outside of wilderness.
  • Contribute to the fire management planning process in your wilderness area.
  • Respond to ongoing projects/incidents in your wilderness area.
  • Describe the responsibilities of wilderness specialists and fire management specialists when managing fire in wilderness.
  • Explain the process for determining appropriate use of fire for resource benefits and non-fire fuel treatments.
  • Explain remediation and rehabilitation as they apply to fire in wilderness.

Recommended Background

It is strongly recommended that you complete the free The Wilderness Act of 1964 course before beginning this course. Without foundational knowledge of the Wilderness Act, you will not be able to get the most out of this course and could find the content confusing. The Minimum Requirements Analysis courses are also strongly recommended. The Wilderness Act of 1964, Minimum Requirements Analysis, and other e-courses can be found at


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