What is the 2014 Quadrennial Fire Review (QFR)?

The Quadrennial Fire Review (QFR) is a strategic risk assessment that has been conducted every four years since 2005. The QFR evaluates current wildland fire mission strategies and capabilities against best estimates of the future environment to explore potential risks, threats, challenges, and opportunities. A defining aspect of the QFR process is identifying future impacts to the wildland fire community that have either not yet been identified or that are known but may have changed since the last QFR in 2009. It is a joint effort of the U. S. Forest Service, the four Federal land management bureaus of the Department of the Interior (DOI) -- the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Park Service--as well as other State, local, tribal, and nongovernmental partners.

The QFR is designed to be forward looking and to challenge fixed assumptions in the wildland fire management community. As such, the QFR uses the best available science and technology to review the current and expected future state of fire management. It will be used to help refine focus areas for the next version of the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy (CS). As appropriate, it will also examine the basic assumptions used in the development of the CS and extrapolate trends over a multi-decade period to test the outcomes.

The key areas of concern for this current QFR are:

  1. Changing Climactic Conditions Effects on Landscapes
  2. Evolving Risk in Public and Firefighter Safety
  3. Water Quality and Quantity
  4. Technology and Program Infrastructure

Your input is important to help senior wildland fire leadership insightfully anticipate and effectively plan for the future of wildland fire management. Working together to generate and shape ideas through crowdsourcing, we enable senior leadership, wildland fire managers, and firefighters to be better prepared to mitigate future risks and capitalize on strategic opportunities. Help shape the future of wildland fire management, so we can plan for what’s to come.