NWFSC Research Brief #13: Contracted Suppression Resources: Private Engine Dispatch and Sharing in the Northwest

TitleNWFSC Research Brief #13: Contracted Suppression Resources: Private Engine Dispatch and Sharing in the Northwest
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsConsortium, NFire Scien
Series TitleNorthwest Fire Science Consortium Research Briefs
Document Number13
Date PublishedSpring 2017
Keywordsextension publications and factsheets, private engine dispatch, research briefs, suppression resources
Abstract

In this study, researchers used data from the US Forest Service’s National Resource Ordering and Status System to investigate how private sector resources were dispatched to fires. In particular, they examined the dispatch of private engines in the Northwest Geographic Area (GA), which encompasses Oregon and Washington, from 2008 to 2015. The researchers also investigated how private sector engine capacity compared to demand by focusing on engine dispatch during the 2015 fire season, which was widely considered the most severe in the Northwest’s modern history.