Journal article

Suppression resource decisions are the dominant influence on containment of Australian forest and grass fires

Kathryn M Collins, Owen F Price, Trent D Penman

JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT | ACADEMIC PRESS LTD- ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2018

Abstract

Fire agencies aim to contain wildfires before they impact on life, property and infrastructure and to reduce the risk of damage to the environment. Despite the large cost of suppression, there are few data on the success of suppression efforts under varying weather, fuel and resource scenarios. We examined over 2200 forest and 4600 grass fires in New South Wales, Australia to determine the dominant influences on the containment of wildfires. A random forest modelling approach was used to analyse the effect of a range of human and environmental factors. The number of suppression resources per area of fire were the dominant influence on the containment of both forest and grass fires. As fire w..

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