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Type: Journal Article
Author(s): Mario Mhawej; Ghaleb Faour; Jocelyne Adjizian-Gerard
Publication Date: 2015

Wildfires occur in different climatic zones, forest cover types and eras. Wildfire or forest fire has always shaped the landscape. Different methodologies and indexes have emerged to determine the likelihood of wildfire, commonly confused with the wildfire hazard. However, none of these are universal or portable. In this paper, we have gone through several articles, projects and books. The aim was to identify factors related to the ignition of a wildfire. Consequently, 28 factors were presented and categorized into climatic, topographic, in-situ, historical and anthropogenic factors. It is the first step in building a generalized, acceptable and portable method to determine the wildfire risk. Its creation is strongly related to the prevention and better assessment of this phenomenon.

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Citation: Mhawej, Mario; Faour, Ghaleb; Adjizian-Gerard, Jocelyne. 2015. Wildfire likelihood’s elements: a literature review. Challenges 6(2):282-293.

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  • fire likelihood
  • ignition
  • ignition factor
  • literature review
  • wildfires
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