Wildland Fire Risk/Hazard Modeling...Burning pixels

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Each year, many millions of dollars are spent in suppressing wildland fires. What is the return on these expenditures? How can we best prioritize dollars spent fighting fires and in fuel reduction projects? The Office of Management and Budget (OMB), General Accounting Office (GAO) and Congress have asked these questions. In response, Wildland Fire Leadership Council (WFLC) has assembled a team of fire researchers and GIS analysts to develop a model to approximate fire risk to highly valued resources - social, economic, and ecological. The model uses outputs from the Fire Program Analysis (FPA) System to estimate burn probability and flame length, and layers of highly valued resources such as power lines, wildlife habitat, and watersheds. The first approximation of the model will be published in a Forest Service General Technical Report (GTR, in review).

Charlie Schrader-Patton

Charlie received a BA from Lewis and Clark College in 85 and a Masters in Forestry from The University of Montana (1996). He has worn a few hats for the Forest Service, including Wildlife Biologist, Research Technician, Pre-Sale Forester, and GIS/Remote Sensing Analyst. Before that he did some other things....he doesnt really like to talk about...but if you ask nicely...

Charlie currently works for the US Forest Service Remote Sensing Applications Center and is based in Bend, OR.

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