A real-time risk assessment tool supporting wildland fire decisionmaking
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): David E. Calkin; Matthew P. Thompson; Mark A. Finney; Kevin Hyde
Publication Year: 2011

Cataloging Information

  • DSS - decision support system
  • fire management
  • fire management planning
  • fire modeling
  • fire rate of spread
  • fire suppression
  • forest management
  • FSPro - Fire Spread Probability
  • GIS - geographic information system
  • risk assessment
  • WFDSS - Wildland Fire Decision Support System
  • wildfires
  • wildland fire
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Development of appropriate management strategies for escaped wildland fires is complex. Fire managers need the ability to identify, in real time, the likelihood that wildfire will affect valuable developed and natural resources (e.g., private structures, public infrastructure, and natural and cultural resources). These determinations help guide where and when aggressive suppression is required to protect values and when fire may be allowed to burn to enhance ecosystem conditions. This article describes the primary components of the Wildland Fire Decision Support System (WFDSS), a geospatial decision support system developed by the US Forest Service. WFDSS provides state-of-the-art wildfire risk analysis, decision documentation, and long-term implementation planning. In particular, we describe how the two primary decision support analysis components of WFDSS, Fire Spread Probability (fire behavior) and Rapid Assessment of Values at Risk (resource assessment), fit into the current state of risk assessment tools for wildfire suppression decisionmaking.

Online Link(s):
Calkin, David E.; Thompson, Matthew P.; Finney, Mark A.; Hyde, Kevin D. 2011. A real-time risk assessment tool supporting wildland fire decisionmaking. Journal of Forestry 109(5):274-280.