CFLR Program Frequently Asked Questions
How should a proposal analyze the anticipated cost savings from reduced wildfire management costs?
Please use the Risk and Cost Analysis Tool (R-CAT) to estimate anticipated cost savings from reduced wildfire management costs. Further guidance in utilizing this worksheet tool can be found under "Tools to Support Completion of the Annual Report , Work Plan, and Five Year Report" on the CFLR Program Reporting, Guidance, and Directives web page. Proposals should also develop a narrative using qualitative terms to describe the nature of the proposed treatment and how that relates to the expected fire regime and anticipated cost saving assumptions. Proposals should describe values at risk in the landscape, describe how the proposed treatment could alter fire behavior, and describe how it could provide additional community and /or resource protection, and/or restore the desired fire regime. Discuss the type of suppression, typical costs and resource issues that would be expected if a fire occurred in the current landscape condition versus the restored landscape. If appropriate, discuss and incorporate connected BAER and long-term rehabilitation (such as reforestation activities) cost assumptions relative to expected wildfire behavior under current conditions versus the restored landscape. The R-CAT worksheet compares current costs to expected costs following treatment and management changes to quantify an expected net value change. Interagency fire science researchers have also developed modeling methodology that may be used to define the R-CAT worksheet assumptions to calculate expected net value change. Alternately, the analysis could be based upon assumptions related to expected fire behavior and management, fire effects, and resource stabilization and rehabilitation cost assumptions. All assumptions must be documented, regardless of the methodology used to derive the worksheet values.