Glossary of Terms
Hazard Fuel Reduction:
Removal of excessive live or dead wildland fuel accumulations for the strict objective of reducing the potential for the occurrence of uncharacteristically intense wildland fire and increasing capabilities to protect life and property, including communities at risk and sensitive municipal watersheds; sensitive natural resources, including critical native plant communities and threatened and endangered species; and other socially important cultural resources.
The use of helicopters to transport crews, equipment, and fire retardant or suppressant to the fireline during the initial stages of a fire. Helitack can also refer to personnel, as in helitack crews.
Planned actions required to achieve wildland prescribed fire management objectives. These actions have specific implementation timeframes for fire use actions but can have less sensitive implementation demands for suppression actions.
Firefighting personnel and equipment assigned to do all required fire suppression work following fireline construction but generally not including extensive mop-up.
A highly trained and experienced fire crew used mainly to build fireline by hand. Hotshots -- also called Interagency Hotshot Crews or IHCs -- are national resources, also called Type 1 crews.