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Integrating fire behavior models and geospatial analysis for wildland fire risk assessment and fuel management planning

Posted date: October 03, 2012
Publication Year: 
2011
Authors: Ager, Alan A.; Vaillant, Nicole M.; Finney, Mark A.
Publication Series: 
Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Source: Journal of Combustion. 2011: art.572452. 19 p. Doi:10.1155/2011/572452

Abstract

Wildland fire risk assessment and fuel management planning on federal lands in the US are complex problems that require state-of-the-art fire behavior modeling and intensive geospatial analyses. Fuel management is a particularly complicated process where the benefits and potential impacts of fuel treatments must be demonstrated in the context of land management goals and public expectations. A number of fire behavior metrics, including fire spread, intensity, likelihood, and ecological risk must be analyzed for multiple treatment alternatives. The effect of treatments on wildfire impacts must be considered at multiple scales. The process is complicated by the lack of data integration among fire behavior models, and weak linkages to geographic information systems, corporate data, and desktop office software. This paper describes our efforts to build a streamlined fuel management planning and risk assessment framework, and an integrated system of tools for designing and testing fuel treatment programs on fire-prone wildlands.

Citation

Ager, Alan A.; Vaillant, Nicole M.; Finney, Mark A. 2011. Integrating fire behavior models and geospatial analysis for wildland fire risk assessment and fuel management planning. Journal of Combustion. 2011: art.572452. 19 p. Doi:10.1155/2011/572452