Forest Service large fire area burned and suppression expenditure trends, 1970-2002
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): David E. Calkin; Krista M. Gebert; J. Greg Jones; Ronald P. Neilson
Publication Year: 2005

Cataloging Information

  • catastrophic fires
  • climatology
  • drought
  • ecosystem dynamics
  • fine fuels
  • fire adaptations
  • fire damage (property)
  • fire frequency
  • fire intensity
  • fire management
  • fire management planning
  • fire regimes
  • fire size
  • fire suppression
  • Foehn winds
  • Forest Service suppression expenditure trends
  • fuel accumulation
  • fuel loading
  • PDSI - Palmer Drought Severity Index
  • season of fire
  • spot fires
  • suppression
  • US Forest Service
  • wildfires
  • wildland fire
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Tall Timbers Record Number: 18264
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TTRS Call Number: Journals-J
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Extreme fire seasons in recent years and associated high suppression expenditures have brought about a chorus of calls for reform of federal firefighting structure and policy. Given the political nature of the topic, a critical review of past trends in area burned, size of fires, and suppression expenditures is warranted. We examined data relating to emergency wildland fire suppression expenditures, number of fires, and acres burned and developed statistical models to estimate area burned using drought indices for the USDA Forest Service from 1970-2002.

Online Link(s):
Calkin, David E.; Gebert, Krista M.; Jones, J. Greg; Neilson, Ronald P. 2005. Forest Service large fire area burned and suppression expenditure trends, 1970-2002. Journal of Forestry 103(4):179-183.