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Prescribed Fire Complexity Rating
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Complexity ElementWeight FactorComplexity ValueTotal PointsINSTRUCTIONS: Enter a number (1, 3 or 5) in the blue outlined fields that corresponds with the conditions found in the Guide to Numeric Ratings (below the form). If your conditions fall in between any two columns, choose the higher of the two. The result (LOW, MODERATE or HIGH is what gets entered into your burn plan.
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Safety515
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Threats to boundaries515
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Fuels and fire behavior5315
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Objectives414
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Management organization414
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Improvements313
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Natural, cultural social values313
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Air quality values313
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Logistics313
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Complexity Element212
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Interagency coordination111
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Political concerns111
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Total Complexity Points49
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Complexity RatingLOW
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GUIDE to NUMERIC RATING
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Complexity ElementGuide to Numeric Rating
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SafetySafety issues are easily identifiable and mitigatedNumber of significant issues have been identifiedComplex safety issues exist
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All safety hazards have been identified on the plan and mitigated
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Threats to boundariesLow threat to boundariesModerate threat to boundariesHigh threat to boundaries
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POI <50%POI >70%POI >70%
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Boundaries naturally defensibleModerate risk of slopover or spotsHigh risk of slopover or spots
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Boundaries need mitigationMitigation actions needed for continuous fuels
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Fuels and fire behaviorLow variability in slopeModerate variability in slopeHigh variability in slope & aspect
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Weather uniform and predictableWeather variable but predictableWeather variable and difficult to predict
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Surface fuelsLadder fuels and torchingExtreme fire behavior
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Complexity ElementGuide to Numeric Rating
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Fuels and fire behaviorNo drought indicatedDense, tall shrubs Long return interval fire regimes
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Moderate duration fireAltered fire regime, hazardous fuel/stand density conditions
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Drought index indicates normal conditions to moderate conditions, expected to worsenPotentially long fire duration
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Drought index severe
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ObjectivesMaintenance objectivesRestoration objectivesRestoration objectives in altered fuel situations
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Prescriptions broadReduction of both live and dead fuelsPrecise treatment of fuels and multiple ecological objectives
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Easily achievable objectivesModerate to substantial changes in two or more strata of vegetationMajor changes in the structure of 2 or more vegetative strata
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Objectives judged to be moderately hard to achieveConflicts between objectives and constraints
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Objectives may require moderately intense fire behaviorRequires a high intensity fire or a combination of fire intensities that is difficult to achieve
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Management organizationSpan of control to 3Span of control to 4Span of control greater than 4
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Single resource projectMultiple resource projectMultiple branch, divisions or groups
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Short-term commitment of specialized resourceSpecialize resource needed to accomplish objectives
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Organized management team (FUMT, IMT)
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Improvements to be protectedNo risk to people or property within or adjacent to fireSeveral values to be protectedNumerous values and/or high values to be protected
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Mitigation through planning and/or preparations is adequateSevere damage likely without significant commitment of specialized resources with appropriate skill levels
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Complexity ElementGuide to Numeric Rating
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Natural, cultural social valuesno risk to natural, cultural and/or social resources within or adjacent to fireSeveral values to be protectedNumerous values and/or high values to be protected
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Mitigation through planning and/or preparations is adequateSevere damage likely without significant commitment of specialized resources with appropriate skill levels
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May require some commitment of specialized resources
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Air quality valuesFew smoke sensitive areas near fireMultiple smoke sensitive areas, but mitigated in planmultiple smoke sensitive areas, complex mitigation needed
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Smoke produced for less than 1 burn periodSmoke produced for 2-4 burn periodsHealth or visibility complaints likely
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Air quality agencies generally require only initial notification and/or permittingDaily burn bans sometimes enacted during burn seasonSmoke produced for greater than 4 burn periods
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No potential for scheduling conflicts with cooperatorsInfrequent consultation with air quality agencies is neededMulti-day burn bans are often enacted during burn season
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Low potential for conflicts with cooperatorsSmoke sensitive class 1 airsheds
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Violation of state and fed health standards possible
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Frequent consultation with air quality agencies needed
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High potential for conflicts with cooperators
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LogisticsEasy accessDifficult accessNo vehicle access
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Duration of fire support less than 4 daysDuration of fire support 4-10 daysDuration of fire support greater than 10 days
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Logistical position assignedMultiple logistical positions assigned
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Anticipated difficulty in obtaining resourcesRemote camps and support necessary
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Political concernsNo impact on neighborsSome impact on neighborsHigh impact on neighbors
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No controversySome controversy, mitigatedHigh external interest and concern
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No media interestPress release issued, but no media activity during burnMedia present during burn
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Complexity ElementGuide to Numeric Rating
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Tactical operationsSimple ignition patternMultiple firing patternsComplex firing patterns highly dependent on local conditions
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Single ignition methodUse of specialized ignition methodsSimultaneous use of multiple firing methods
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Holding requirements minimalResources required for up to one weekSimultaneous aerial and ground ignition
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Holding actions to check, direct, or delay fire spreadUse of heli-torch
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Resources required for over 1 week
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Multiple mitigation actions at variable temporal and spatial points identified
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Aerial support for mitigation actions desirable/necessary
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Interagency coordinationCooperators not involved in operationsSimple joint-jurisdiction firesComplex multi-jurisdictional fires
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No concernsSome competition for resourcesHigh competition for resources
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Some concernsHigh concerns
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