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Modeling and Optimizing Prescribed Fire for Managing Wildfire Risks

Date: February 20, 2020
Presenter(s): Jun Zhuang, Esther Rose

Prescribed fires are often used as part of a strategy for protecting forests from catastrophic wildfires. Based on agency reports, from 2003-2017 prescribed burns have been used on more than 40 million acres across the US. In this study, the researchers developed a data driven model to calculate the effectiveness of prescribed fires for reducing wildfire risk across multiple states and agencies. They also developed an optimization model to determine the optimal amount of prescribed fires for managing wildfire risk. Following the presentation there will be time for audience Q/A with the speakers.

Topic(s): Fire Regime, Fire Intensity / Burn Severity, Fire & Economics, Fuels, Fuel Treatments & Effects, Prescribed Fire-use treatments, Risk, Risk assessment
Ecosystem(s): None
Type: Webinar
NRFSN number: 20860
FRAMES RCS number: 60853
Record updated: Mar 17, 2020