A Review of Recent Advances in Risk Analysis for Wildfire Management

TitleA Review of Recent Advances in Risk Analysis for Wildfire Management
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsMiller, C, Ager, AA
JournalInternational Journal of Wildland Fire
Keywordsburn probability, fire likelihood, hazard, risk assessment, risk assessment and analysis, risk science, technical reports and journal articles

Risk analysis evolved out of the need to make decisions concerning highly stochastic events, and is well suited to analyse the timing, location and potential effects of wildfires. Over the past 10 years, the application of risk analysis to wildland fire management has seen steady growth with new risk-based analytical tools that support a wide range of fire and fuels management planning scales from individual incidents to national, strategic interagency programs. After a brief review of the three components of fire risk – likelihood, intensity and effects – this paper reviews recent advances in quantifying and integrating these individual components of fire risk. We also review recent advances in addressing temporal dynamics of fire risk and spatial optimisation of fuels management activities. Risk analysis approaches have become increasingly quantitative and sophisticated but remain quite disparate. We suggest several necessary and fruitful directions for future research and development in wildfire risk analysis.