The Forest Service Leads an Interagency Team to Better Understand How Wildfires are Ignited
Government and private land managers seek solutions to the persistent occurrence of human-ignited wildfires, which are more likely to occur closer to values at risk. In an inter-agency effort involving experts from many state and federal agencies nationwide, the wildfire ignitions and prevention team developed a model that describes how wildfires of different causes are produced. A central finding is that there are many things that land manages can do to reduce the occurrence of wildfires, but their effectiveness depends in part on trends in the society as well as biophysical components of the environment. The analysts described how fires of various kinds vary in frequency across landscapes and over time, revealing potential avenues for intervention to reduce the losses attributable to wildfires. The team helped to advance the science and formulate better approaches to reducing wildfires across many ownership groups nationwide.
|Wildfire Ignitions: A Review of the Science and Recommendations for Empirical Modeling||(publication)|
Forest Service Partners