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Improving the assessment of wildfire risk

A new tool helps resource managers weigh investments and mitigation measures to reduce wildfire risk. Forest ServiceSnapshot : A new risk analysis framework has been designed to help resource managers and policy-makers weigh investments and mitigation measures to reduce wildfire risk.

Principal Investigators(s) :
Cindy S. Swanson 
Research Location : nationwide
Research Station : Rocky Mountain Research Station (RMRS)
Year : 2010
Highlight ID : 256

Summary

Human habitation, municipal watersheds, sensitive species, public infrastructure - these are just a few of the considerations when assessing wildfire risk and measures to mitigate it. A new risk analysis framework has been designed to help resource managers and policy-makers weigh investments and mitigation measures to reduce wildfire risk. This framework supports decision-making at multiple scales from local fuel treatment strategies to national programmatic funding. This spatially-explicit framework makes it easier to monitor trends in wildfire risk over time and to prioritize mitigation work. A national assessment was recently completed and will form the basis of the science response to the National Cohesive Strategy on Fire and Fuels Management. The Deschutes National Forest in Oregon has begun using the framework and the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest in Montana is testing it. Development involved the Rocky Mountain, Pacific Northwest and Southern Research Stations, and was undertaken in connection with the Wildland Fire Leadership Council's overarching request for identification of fire risk in the United States.

Forest Service Partners

External Partners

 
  • Wildland Fire Leadership Council

Research Topics

Priority Areas

  • Wildland Fire and Fuels
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