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The NRFSN research and publications database leads users to regionally relevant fire science. There are more than 3,600 documents, which have been carefully categorized by the NRFSN to highlight topics and ecosystems important in the Northern Rockies Region. Categorized resources include records from the Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP), Fire Research and Management Exchange System (FRAMES), and Fire Effects Information System (FEIS).

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Spatial wildfire suppression costs regressions have been re-estimated at a more disaggregated level for the nine Geographic Area Coordination Center (GACC’s) regions using five years of data for fires involving National Forests. Results of these revised regression determined that only in the California GACCs did mechanical fuel...
Author(s): Armando Gonzalez-Caban, John B. Loomis, Robin Reich, Douglas B. Rideout, José J. Sánchez
Year Published: 2017
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper
Increasing costs of wildfire management have highlighted the need to better understand suppression expenditures and potential tradeoffs of land management activities that may affect fire risks. Spatially and temporally descriptive data is used to develop a model of wildfire suppression expenditures, providing new insights into the...
Author(s): Michael S. Hand, Matthew P. Thompson, David E. Calkin
Year Published: 2016
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
This study examines the production and efficiency of wildland fire suppression effort. We estimate the effectiveness of suppression resource inputs to produce controlled fire lines that contain large wildland fires using stochastic frontier analysis. Determinants of inefficiency are identified and the effects of these determinants...
Author(s): Hari Katuwal, David E. Calkin, Michael S. Hand
Year Published: 2016
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Large airtanker use is widespread in wildfire suppression in the United States. The current approach to nationally dispatching the fleet of federal contract airtankers relies on filling requests for airtankers to achieve suppression objectives identified by fire managers at the incident level. In general, demand is met if resources...
Author(s): Crystal S. Stonesifer, David E. Calkin, Matthew P. Thompson, Keith Stockmann
Year Published: 2016
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wildfire-potential information products are designed to support decisions for prefire staging of movable wildfire suppression resources across geographic locations. We quantify the economic value of these information products by defining their value as the difference between two cases of expected fire-suppression expenditures: one...
Author(s): Kimberly Rollins, Laine Christman
Year Published: 2015
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wildfires are an inherent part of the landscape in many parts of the world; however, they often impose substantial economic burdens on human populations where they occur, both in terms of impacts and of management costs. As wildfires burn towards human assets, a universal response has been to deploy fire suppression resources (crews...
Author(s): Thomas J. Duff, Kevin G. Tolhurst
Year Published: 2015
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Federal wildfire management agencies in the United States are under substantial pressure to reduce and economically justify their expenditures. To support economically efficient management of wildfires, managers need better estimates of the resource benefits and avoided damage costs associated with alternative wildfire management...
Author(s): Derek T. O'Donnell, Tyron J. Venn, David E. Calkin
Year Published: 2014
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
In this article we develop a simulation model to evaluate the economic efficiency of fuel treatments and apply it to two sagebrush ecosystems in the Great Basin of the western United States: the Wyoming sagebrush steppe and mountain big sagebrush ecosystems. These ecosystems face the two most prominent concerns in sagebrush...
Author(s): Michael H. Taylor, Kimberly Rollins, Mimako Kobayashi, Robin J. Tausch
Year Published: 2013
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Geospatial technologies used to fight large fires are becoming increasingly available, yet no rigorous study exists of their effects on suppression costs or fire losses, nor do we know whether these technologies allow more efficient combination of firefighting assets used to suppress fires. The high cost of these technologies merits...
Author(s): Hayley Hesseln, Gregory S. Amacher, Aaron M. Deskins
Year Published: 2010
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Non-industrial private forests (NIPFs) and public forests in the United States generate many non-market benefits for landholders and society generally. These values can be both enhanced and diminished by wildfire management. This paper considers the challenges of supporting economically efficient allocation of wildfire suppression...
Author(s): Tyron J. Venn, David E. Calkin
Year Published: 2009
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article

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