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An empirical wildfire risk analysis: the probability of a fire spreading to the urban interface in Sydney, Australia

Owen Price, Rittick Borah, Ross Bradstock, Trent Penman

International Journal of Wildland Fire | CSIRO PUBLISHING | Published : 2015

Abstract

We present a method and case study to predict and map the likelihood of wildfires spreading to the urban interface through statistical analysis of past fire patterns using 15000 lines from 677 fires with known ignition points and date and random potential end points on the urban interface of Sydney, Australia. A binomial regression approach was used to model whether the fire burnt to the end point of the lines as a function of measures of distance, fuel, weather and barriers to spread. Fire weather had the strongest influence on burning likelihood followed by the percentage of the line that was forested, distance and time since last fire. Fuel treatments would substantially reduce risk from ..

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We would like to thank Hamish Clarke for providing modelled weather data. This research was funded by the Rural Fire Service of New South Wales. Author contributions: Ross Bradstock conceived the method and contributed to writing; Owen Price conducted the statistical analysis and wrote the paper; Rittick Borah conducted the GIS analysis; Trent Penman contributed to method development and writing.