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SINAMI

Snapshot : SINAMI' is a tool for the economic evaluation of forest fire management programs in Mediterranean ecosystems. It determines the most efficient program and budget level for fire protection for a simulated fire season. This provides managers information to better allocate firefighting resources over the terrain, reducing fire suppression costs.

Principal Investigators(s) :
Gonzalez-Caban, Armando 
Research Station : Pacific Southwest Research Station (PSW)
Year : 2011
Highlight ID : 380

Summary

Historically, forest fire budgets in European countries have never been subjected to rigorous economic analysis indicative of the returns on investments in fire management protection programs. To address this need we developed a fire economics evaluation system (SINAMI) to help agencies with fire responsibilities perform an economic analysis of their budget requests for fire management and protection. SINAMI uses a marginal analysis and the economic criterion of cost-plus-net-value change (C+NVC) to determine the most efficient program and budget level for fire protection for a simulated fire season.

The results are used in establishing strategic fire management plans to respond to historical fire situations. The model also provides information on number of fires and area affected by fire intensity level, as well as the number and type of firefighting resources used through the simulated fire season providing a valuable tool for training fire managers and firefighting personnel. This work provides managers information to better allocate firefighting resources over the terrain potentially reducing fire suppression costs.

Forest Service Partners

External Partners

 
  • National Forest Fire Service, Ministry of Environment. Spain, Dr. Francisco Rodrguez y Silva, Department of Forest Engineering, Forest Fire Laboratory, University of Crdoba, Edificio Leonardo da Vinci, Campus de Rabanales, E-14071 Crdoba, Spain

Research Topics

Priority Areas

  • Wildland Fire and Fuels
  • Climate Change