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Study helps managers identify regions with multiple threat potential, including wildfires
Date:6/12/2013

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The maps and overlays can help managers locate regions where potential threat combinations are most prevalent. Such assessments can help managers allocate resources toward mitigation efforts and better use shrinking budgets. Federal wildfire suppression expenditures exceeded $1 billion in 2000. They have exceeded that amount nearly every year since, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.

Three key findings characterize the study:

(Note: Maps created by the researchers highlight the intersection of locations where a given disturbance exists at a higher concentration relative to other areas in the five-state study region.)

  • Although still a very high concern, wildfire potential combined with urban and exurban development can occur on a fairly small geographic area in the northwestern United States, despite widespread concern about their coexistence.

  • The combination of wildfire with insects and disease affect extensive portions of the forested landscape in the northwestern United States.

  • The triple threat of wildfire, insects and disease, and urban/exurban development, is not common in the northwestern United States.


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Contact: Sherri Richardson-Dodge
srichardsondodge@fs.fed.us
503-808-2137
USDA Forest Service - Pacific Northwest Research Station
Source:Eurekalert

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