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Project ID: 07-1-6-11

Year: 2007

Date Started: 06/04/2007

Date Completed: 10/28/2011

Title: Tradeoffs in Fire Hazard vs. Societal Benefits in Wildland-Urban Interface Communities

Project Proposal Abstract: Paradoxically, vegetation is both an asset and a liability to residents living in the wildland-urban interface. The same vegetation that provides both tangible and intangible benefits to society is regularly prone to burn with great intensity and destruction. Therefore, great emphasis is regularly given to vegetation clearance to reduce wildfire risk. However, while fuel reduction treatments may moderate fire risk to residents living in the wildland-urban interface, they will simultaneously impact societal benefits such as air pollution removal and home energy savings that vegetation provides. To investigate this seeming quandary, the proposed research will quantify potential fire behavior (fireline intensity, rate of spread, etc.) versus multiple societal benefits (air pollution removal, energy savings, carbon sequestration, etc.) that vegetation provides in treated and untreated brush- and forest-dominated wildland-urban interface communities. The UFORE (Urban Forest Effects) model will be used to assess societal benefits while various fire behavior prediction systems, including FARSITE, Nexus, and the Fire & Fuels Extension of the Forest Vegetation Simulator will be utilized to assess potential fire behavior across a given landscape for multiple combinations of vegetative composition and structure, weather, and topography. The results of this research will aid land managers and community planners in developing the best strategy for managing vegetation in California's wildland-urban interface.

Principal Investigator: Christopher A. Dicus

Agency/Organization: California Polytechnic State University

Branch or Dept: Natural Resources Management Department


Other Project Collaborators

Type

Name

Agency/Organization

Branch or Dept

Federal Cooperator

David R. Weise

Forest Service

PSW-Forest Fire Lab-Riverside

Federal Fiscal Representative

Jackie Rountree

Forest Service

PSW-Pacific Southwest Research Station


Project Locations

Consortium

California

Northwest


Level

State

Agency

Unit

STATE

CA

FS

ALL


Project Deliverables

Final Report view or print

("Results presented in JFSP Final Reports may not have been peer-reviewed and should be interpreted as tentative until published in a peer-reviewed source.")

  ID Type Title
view or print   2469 Journal Article Predicted Fire Behavior and Societal Benefits in Three Eastern Sierra Nevada Vegetation Communities
view or print   251 MS Thesis Effects of Wildland Urban Interface Fuel Treatments on Fire Behavior and Ecosystem Services in the Klamath Mountains of California (J. Large)
view or print   254 MS Thesis Effects of Wildland-Urban Interface Fuel Treatments on Potential Fire Treatments on Potential Fire Behavior and Ecosystem Services in the Central Sierra Nevada Mountains of California (C. Hamma)
view or print   772 Progress Report Progress Report: FY09
view or print   1058 Invited Paper/Presentation Shelter-in-Place in the United States: An Historical Perspective
view or print   1059 Poster Evaluating Fire Hazard Gains vs. Environmental Losses After Fuel Treatments in the Wildland-Urban Interface
    1060 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Sheltering in Place as an Alternative to Evacuation During Fires in the Wildland-Urban Interface
view or print   1061 Invited Paper/Presentation Impacts to Fire Risk vs. Environmental Factors After Treating Fuels in the Wildland-Urban Interface
view or print   1062 Invited Paper/Presentation Impacts to Fire Risk vs. Environmental Factors After Treating Fuels in the Wildland-Urban Interface
view or print   1063 Invited Paper/Presentation Fire Down Under: The Good, the Bad, and the Downright Tragic
view or print   1064 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Applications of the Australian Fire Experience for the United States
  go to website 3637 Website Website for JFSP project: http://www.nrm.calpoly.edu/research/firelab/FireVsBenefits/index.ldml
view or print   3638 Invited Paper/Presentation Planning for Fire in the Wildland-Urban Interface
view or print   3639 Progress Report This is a progress report submitted for FY08.
view or print   4878 Invited Paper/Presentation Long-Term Simulated Wildfire Behavior and Carbon Emissions Following Fuel Treatments in the Klamath Mountains, USA
view or print   4879 Poster Effects of Landscape-Level Fuel Treatments on Carbon Emissions and Storage Over a 50-Year Cycle
view or print   4749 Invited Paper/Presentation Fire Down Under: The Good, the Bad, and the Downright Tragic
    4750 Conference/Symposia/Workshop A Methodology to Evaluate Fire Hazard Gains vs. Environmental Losses After Fuel Treatments in the Wildland-Urban Interface
view or print   4751 Invited Paper/Presentation A Holistic Framework to Sustainably Manage the Wildland-Urban Interface
view or print   4752 Invited Paper/Presentation A Methodology to Evaluate Fire Hazard Gains vs. Environmental Losses After Fuel Treatments in the Wildland-Urban Interface
view or print   4753 Poster Effects of Landscape-Level Fuel Treatments on Burn Probability and Fire Severity in the Klamath Mountains
view or print   4822 Invited Paper/Presentation Impacts to Fire Risk vs. Environmental Factors After Treating Fuels in the Wildland-Urban Interface
view or print   4467 Invited Paper/Presentation U.S. Fire Disasters: Lessons Learned (and Quickly Forgotten)
view or print   6623 Poster Impacts to Fire Behavior and Ecosystem Services Following Fuel Treatments in the Wildland-Urban Interface
view or print   5451 Invited Paper/Presentation The Paradox of Vegetative Fire Risk Versus Societal Benefits in a Southwestern Wildland-Urban Interface Community
view or print   6949 Poster Evaluating Fire Hazard Gains vs. Environmental Losses After Fuel Treatments in the Wildland-Urban Interface

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