The Basics of Fire and Fire Terminology

The complexity of jurisdictions and sheer number of individuals involved in the management of wildland fire requires the establishment of a common lexicon of terms. For those unfamiliar with fire terminology we offer links to a widley accepted glossary of terms and provide connections to training materials highlighting fire fundamentals.

Further Reading

  • Pyne, S.J., P.L. Andrews, and R.D. Laven. 1996. Introduction to Wildland Fire, 2nd Ed. Wiley Publishers, New York, NY.
  • Pyne, S.J. 1997. World Fire: The Culture of Fire on Earth. The University of Washington Press., Seattle, WA.
  • Pyne, S.J. 2004. Tending Fire: Coping with America's Wildland Fires. Island Press, Washington, DC.
  • Riggs, R.A., S.C. Bunting and S.E. Daniels. 1996. Prescribed Fire, p.295-319. In: P.R. Krausman (ed.), Rangeland Wildlife. Society for Range Management, Denver, CO.
  • Vallentine, J. F. 1989. Range Improvements, 3rd. Ed. Academic Press, San Diego, CA. pgs. 168-214 (Chapter 6, Range Improvement by Burning).
  • Wright, H.A.and A.W. Bailey. 1982. Fire Ecology: United States and Southern Canada. Wiley Publishers, New York, NY.