Expectation and evaluation of fuel management objectives
Document Type: Conference Proceedings
Author(s): Mark A. Finney; Jack D. Cohen
Editor(s): Philip N. Omi; Linda A. Joyce
Publication Year: 2003

Cataloging Information

  • catastrophic fires
  • community ecology
  • community planning
  • coniferous forests
  • crown fires
  • disturbance
  • ecosystem dynamics
  • fire adaptations
  • fire damage
  • fire damage protection
  • fire hazard reduction
  • fire intensity
  • fire management
  • fire risk management
  • fire suppression
  • firebrands
  • forest management
  • fuel management
  • fuel types
  • ignition
  • land use planning
  • landscape ecology
  • landscape management
  • property damage
  • rate of spread
  • statistical analysis
  • structure fire
  • surface fuels
  • thinning
  • wilderness fire management
  • wildfires
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Record Last Modified: June 1, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 13216
Tall Timbers Record Number: 16146
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TTRS Call Number: A13.151/5:RMRS-P-29
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The success of fuel management in helping achieve wildland fire management goals is dependent first upon having realistic expectations. Second, the benefits of fuel management can be realized only when treatments are applied at the appropriate scale to the appropriate source of the problem(s). Scales range from the site- or stand-level to landscape-level, but apply differently for purposes of benefiting wildland values than for increasing home survivability. Lastly, accomplishing the broad goals for fuel management requires understanding how proposed treatments directly contribute to solving specific problems. This process of finding solutions to fire problems is framed in terms of 'fire risk management' or reduction of 'expected loss.' This conceptually depicts the way that treatments can influence fire behavior and thus produce benefits by reducing losses and it avoids the unrealistic expectations that fuel management will stop wildfires and prevent homes from burning.

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Finney, Mark A.; Cohen, Jack D. 2003. Expectation and evaluation of fuel management objectives. Pages 353-366. In: Omi, Philip N.; Joyce, Linda A. (technical editors). Fire, Fuel Treatments, and Ecological Restoration: Conference Proceedings: 16-18 April 2002: Fort Collins, Colorado. Proceedings RMRS-P-29. Fort Collins, CO: USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station.