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Estimating the influence of field inventory sampling intensity on forest landscape model performance for determining high-severity wildfire risk

Year of Publication
2024
Publication Type

Historically, fire has been essential in Southwestern US forests. However, a century of fire-exclusion and changing climate created forests which are more susceptible to uncharacteristically severe wildfires. Forest managers use a combination of thinning and prescribed burning to reduce forest density to help mitigate the risk of high-severity fires.

Modeling Wildland Firefighters’ Assessments of Structure Defensibility

Year of Publication
2023
Publication Type
In wildland–urban interface areas, firefighters balance wildfire suppression and structure protection. These tasks are often performed under resource limitations, especially when many structures are at risk. To address this problem, wildland firefighters employ a process called “structure triage” to prioritize structure protection based on perceived defensibility.