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Type: Fact Sheet / Brief / Bulletin
Author(s): Robert Ziel
Publication Date: March 27, 2019

"Risk is defined as a measure of the probability and consequence of uncertain future events" (Thompson et al 2016). We are uncertain about many things each day, though only when that uncertainty interferes with a decision is a risk considered and possibly taken. In that framework, wildfire risk can be measured only if the underlying hazard can be clearly defined and understood.

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Citation: Ziel, Robert. 2019. Wildfire Hazard, Potential, and Risk: A Description of Concepts and a Discussion of the Risk Assessment Process. AFSC Research Brief 2019-1. Fairbanks, AK: Alaska Fire Science Consortium. 2 p.

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  • fire risk
  • fire weather and climate
  • risk assessment
  • wildfire hazard
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