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An Integer Linear Programming Model to Select and Temporally Allocate Resources for Fighting Forest Fires

Author(s): Jorge Rodríguez-Veiga, María José Ginzo-Villamayor, Balbina Casas-Méndez
Year Published: 2018
Description:

Optimal planning of the amount and type of resources needed for extinguishing a forest fire is a task that has been addressed in the literature, using models obtained from operational research. In this study, a general integer linear programming model is proposed, which addresses the allocation of resources in different time periods during the planning period for extinguishing a fire, and with the goal of meeting Spanish regulations for the non-negligence of fronts and periods of rest for pilots and brigades. A computer program and interface were developed using the R language. By means of an example using historical data, we illustrate the model at work and its exact resolution. Then, we carry out a simulation study to analyze the obtained objective functions and resolution times. Our simulation study shows that an exact solution can be obtained very quickly without requiring heuristic algorithms, provided that the planning period does not exceed five hours.

Citation: Rodríguez-Veiga J, Ginzo-Villamayor MJ, and Casas-Méndez B. 2018. An Integer Linear Programming Model to Select and Temporally Allocate Resources for Fighting Forest Fires. Forests 9(10), 583. https://doi.org/10.3390/f9100583
Topic(s): Fire & Economics
Ecosystem(s): None
Document Type: Book or Chapter or Journal Article
NRFSN number: 18309
Record updated: Nov 8, 2018