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Title: Optimum use of air tankers in initial attack: selection, basing, and transfer rules

Author: Greulich, Francis E.; O'Regan, William G.

Date: 1982

Source: Res. Paper PSW-RP-163. Berkeley, CA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Forest and Range Experiment Station; 8 p

Station ID: RP-PSW-163

Description: Fire managers face two interrelated problems in deciding the most efficient use of air tankers: where best to base them, and how best to reallocate them each day in anticipation of fire occurrence. A computerized model based on a mixed integer linear program can help in assigning air tankers throughout the fire season. The model was tested using information from California Division (now Department) of Forestry District 1, which in 1967 maintained a fleet of five aircraft and three air bases. The results confirmed the soundness of the model's mathematical structure and demonstrated that a computer program can be written to interpret the solution to this resource allocation problem.

Key Words: air tanker model, initial attack, resource allocation

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Greulich, Francis E.; O'Regan, William G.  1982.  Optimum use of air tankers in initial attack: selection, basing, and transfer rules  Res. Paper PSW-RP-163. Berkeley, CA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Forest and Range Experiment Station; 8 p.

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