U.S. Joint Fire Science Program


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JFSP Final Report. Project Number 09-1-05-2


US government work.


This project addressed JFSP project announcement FA-FRA09-001, and the task statement “Trade-off assessments of AMR decisions”. The project evaluated the consequences of alternative responses to 2007 and 2008 wildland fires in three wilderness areas. Specifically, it examined alternative initial response strategies and what could have happened if ignitions had been allowed to burn. Consequences were quantified in terms of area and type of area burned, days of fire activity, and impact on landscape scale fire risk. Situational factors were also examined for their influence on the response strategy and outcome. Simulations of three case study extended duration fires were also done to look for evidence that earlier fire and fuels treatments had influenced the outcomes, and for evidence that a critical decision early in the management of one of the examples influenced outcomes.