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Type: Report
Author(s): Dave Kerr
Publication Date: 2007

This paper proposes a protocol for evaluating the “success” of fuels treatments on smaller initial attack fires. The ability to capture these successes is critical for upward reporting on the progress the agency is making to manage hazardous fuel conditions. Quantifying fuels treatment successes both from the viewpoint of resources protected and monies saved on long-term suppression actions may be critical to justify the continuation of significant hazardous fuels treatment funding. While it is easy to track the current upward trend in fire suppression costs, the agency does not have established methodologies to document cases where suppression costs were reduced due to investing in fuels treatment projects. Without completed fuels treatment projects in place to serve as buffers to values at risk or to modify fire behavior, it is probable that WFSU spending could have exceeded even the 2007 one-billion dollar level.

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Citation: Kerr, David. 2007. Evaluating the Success of Fuel Treatments on Initial Attack Fires. USDA Forest Service Enterprise Program. 28p.

Cataloging Information

  • California
  • effectiveness monitoring
  • fire monitoring
  • fuel treatment analysis
  • fuel treatment effectiveness
  • Hiawatha National Forest
  • initial attack effectiveness
  • Michigan
  • Tahoe National Forest
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FRAMES Record Number: 65736