Extended Attack

Operational Engagement
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May 2020


After your initial size-up of the fire and/or transfer of command from an initial attack Incident Commander, answer the following questions. Repeat this analysis whenever there is a change, or predicted change, in fire conditions.

  • Do you have a current fire weather forecast for the fire location?
  • Is the observed fire weather consistent with the forecast?
  • Have you established a new organizational structure and communicated it to the other forces associated with the fire?
  • Can you control the fire with the resources available (either on the incident or soon to be on the incident) under expected conditions?
  • Have you developed a plan to attack the fire?
    • Direct or indirect.
    • Anchor points.
    • Escape routes.
    • Head or flank attack.
    • Priority areas.
  • Have you communicated this to all personnel assigned to the incident, including new arrivals?
  • Can you see all of the fire area?
  • Can you communicate with everyone on the fire and with dispatch?
  • Are escape routes established?
    • If you are using the black, is it completely burned and without a reburn potential?  
  • Are safety and the standard fire orders being followed and/or mitigated?
  • Will you contain the fire before the next operational period?
  • Have you reported the status of the fire to dispatch?
  • Do you have a complete list of what resources have been ordered for the fire?


Additional Resources

Incident Management Situation Report (IMSR)
Incident Response Pocket Guide (IRPG), PMS 461
NWCG Standards for Helicopter Operations, PMS 510
RT-130, Wildland Fire Safety Training Annual Refresher (WFSTAR)
Interagency Standards for Fire and Fire Aviation Operations (Red Book)
Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center

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