Fire costs, losses, and benefits: an economic valuation procedure
Document Type: Report
Author(s): Robert Marty; Richard J. Barney
Publication Year: 1981

Cataloging Information

  • cost analysis
  • cost-benefit analysis
  • fire
  • fire case histories
  • fire control
  • fire management
  • fire management planning
  • fire size
  • fire suppression
  • forage
  • forest management
  • forest types
  • logging
  • multiple resource management
  • national forests
  • post-fire recovery
  • recreation
  • valuation procedure
  • water
  • wildfires
  • wildlife
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Record Last Modified: June 1, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 13935
Tall Timbers Record Number: 380
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Abstract Status: Okay, Fair use, Reproduced by permission

This bibliographic record was either created or modified by the Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy and is provided without charge to promote research and education in Fire Ecology. The E.V. Komarek Fire Ecology Database is the intellectual property of the Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy.


A guidebook has been developed to assist the fire managers and planners in estimating actual economic costs, losses, and benefits resulting from fire management activities. This guidebook was developed and tested on 12 National Forests during the 1977-79 period. The procedures were developed primarily for Forest Service use but are adaptable to other agency and individual situations. Individual fire reports provide the basic fire inputs for the process while the guidelines lead the user on a stepwise basis through an array of economic processes. The procedure is based on 10 value components. Detailed instructions have been developed and a suggested working form provided. The authors point out that continued development and improvement of this type of process is an absolute necessity if sound management decisions are to result.

Online Link(s):
Marty, Robert Jay; Barney, Richard J. 1981. Fire costs, losses, and benefits: an economic valuation procedure. General Technical Report INT-GTR-108. Ogden, UT: USDA Forest Service, Intermountain Forest and Range Experiment Station. 11 p.