Analyzing How to Increase Fireline Production Efficiency
Land management agencies are struggling under growing costs of firefighting. Forest Service research is focused on ways to bring down the costs, especially for the most expensive, largest fires, which have been growing in frequency over the past few decades. Forest Service researchers assembled data from actual large wildfires on national forests, including the length of fireline constructed by fire crews, and compared them to rates published as being expected according to expert panels. The researchers found that observed rates were 7 to 86 percent lower than the published rates. Statistical analyses to explain these observed lower rates could be traced to firefighter fatigue, the need to address firefighter safety in stressful and dangerous wildfire conditions, a focus on protecting particular values at risk, managerial decision making, and unobserved factors specific to the fire being fought.
|Econometric analysis of fire suppression production functions for large wildland fires||(publication)|