Despite the scale of the investment, relatively little is understood about how suppression actions influence large wildfire spread and the conditions that ultimately lead to containment. There is considerable uncertainty in managing large wildfires including:
- Quality of weather forecasts
- Complex environmental conditions,
- Variation in the type and quality of suppression resources
- Whether or not requested suppression resources will be assigned
This webinar reviews several recent studies that attempt to understand how suppression actions influence fire progression as well as review variation among Incident Management Teams in the amount of resources that they use to manage large wildland fires in the US.
Results suggest that modeling large fire containment as a production process of fireline construction similar to traditional initial attack models is inappropriate.
Watch the webinar on YouTube to learn more....