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Decision making for wildfires: a guide for applying a risk management process at the incident level

Author(s): Mary A. Taber, Lisa M. Elenz, Paul G. Langowski
Year Published: 2013
Description:

This publication focuses on the thought processes and considerations surrounding a risk management process for decision making on wildfires. The publication introduces a six element risk management cycle designed to encourage sound risk-informed decision making in accordance with Federal wildland fire policy, although the process is equally applicable to non-Federal fire managers and partners. The process describes the assessment and control of identified risks, the analysis of benefits and costs, and the risk decision at multiple scales. Decision makers can apply principles from this publication to specific decision documentation structures such as the Wildland Fire Decision Support System (WFDSS) or other wildland fire decision documentation systems.

Citation: Taber, Mary A.; Elenz, Lisa M.; Langowski, Paul G. 2013. Decision making for wildfires: a guide for applying a risk management process at the incident level. Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-298WWW. Fort Collins, CO: USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 59 p.
Topic(s): Human Dimensions of Fire Management, Decisionmaking & Sensemaking, Risk, Strategic Risk
Ecosystem(s): None
Document Type: Technical Report or White Paper
NRFSN number: 12748
FRAMES RCS number: 14813
Record updated: Jun 26, 2018