Local knowledge of resources like water, road access, and high priority landscape features (crops, endangered species) is critical to minimizing the impacts caused directly by the wildfire as well as the impacts caused by fire sup- pression operations. Good pre-fire plans identify valued resources, fire hazards, access, and water resources for responders and provide operational and evacuation procedures for land managers.

This guide addresses how to compile and present the information in a pre- fire plan and lists people with whom plans should be shared. It also provides a checklist of features that should be included in a good fire plan. Not all items on the checklist will apply to all situations.