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Matthew P. Thompson, Erin J. Belval, Jude Bayham, David E. Calkin, Crystal S. Stonesifer, David Flores
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FRAMES RCS number: 67836
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Increasing wildfire activity, decreasing workforce capacity, and growing systemic strain may result in an interagency wildfire-response system less capable of protecting landscapes and communities. Further, increased workloads will likely increase hazards to fire personnel and amplify existing problems with recruitment and retention. In the face of elevated risks and degraded capacity, it is imperative that the wildfire-response system operate efficiently. Viable solutions are urgently needed that enable the system to do more with less and that manage not only for landscapes and communities but also the health and wellbeing of the fire personnel on whom the system relies. Achieving this will likely require rethinking how the interagency wildfire-response system can more adaptively and intelligently deploy fire personnel by leveraging enhanced logistics, operations, and proven fire analytics.


Thompson, Matthew P.; Belval, Erin J.; Bayham, Jude; Calkin, David E.; Stonesifer, Crystal S.; Flores, David. 2023. Wildfire response: a system on the brink. Journal of Forestry 121(2):121-124.

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