Journal article

Reducing the risk of house loss due to wildfires

TD Penman, AE Nicholson, RA Bradstock, L Collins, SH Penman, OF Price

Environmental Modelling & Software | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2015

Abstract

Wildfires will continue to reach people and property regardless of management effort in the landscape. House-based strategies are therefore required to complement the landscape strategies in order to reduce the extent of house loss. Here we use a Bayesian Network approach to quantify the relative influence of preventative and suppressive management strategies on the probability of house loss in Australia. Community education had a limited effect on the extent to which residents prepared their property hence a limited effect on the reduction in risk of house loss, however hypothetically improving property preparedness did reduce the risk of house loss. Increasing expenditure on suppression re..

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