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Drivers of Wildfire Suppression Costs: A Review

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As federal spending on wildland fire suppression has increased dramatically in recent decades, significant policymaking has been designed, at least in part, to address and temper rising costs. Effective strategies for controlling public spending and leveraging limited wildfire management resources depend on a comprehensive understanding of the drivers of suppression costs. Problematically, frequently noted drivers often do not explain variability between similar wildfires or comparable wildfire seasons. As speculation and scrutiny around rising costs have increased, so too have scholarly investigations into a variety of influences on suppression costs. This review gathered and synthesized recent literature that examines how different variables affect wildfire suppression costs in order to present a more completeunderstanding of what is known and not known about what drives suppression costs.
A. Ellison
Ellison A. Drivers of Wildfire Suppression Costs: A Review. (Moseley C).; 2016.