Aug 23, 2018
Three Game-Changing Approaches to Wildfire Response
By: Allison Jolley
Type: Research Synthesis
Whether you’re working at incident command in fire camp or at your desk planning a workshop, I want to draw your attention to three amazing blogs related to wildfire response that we published this year. (Just in case you’ve missed a post … or two … recently.)
Why is managing a wildfire that crosses multiple property lines so difficult? And how can we manage those fires better? In their blog, wildfire researchers Dr. Branda Nowell, Dr. Anne-Lise Velez and Dr. Toddi Steelman share some of their 2017 research, with an eye toward how wildfire managers can get ahead of potential cross-jurisdictional conflict. They outline the three conversations that they think are most important to have before the wildfire arrives, as well as some of the nuances that make collaboration during a wildfire only as strong as the trust and communication that is established beforehand.
Collaborative Spatial Fire Management: Getting Ahead of Fire Using Potential Operational Delineations
When wildfire managers decide what actions to take, what information do they normally have access to? What might they be missing? How will impacted communities react to the decisions they make? What if there was a way to integrate stakeholder values and landscape characteristics spatially (i.e., on a map) beforehand? In his blog, Mike Caggiano outlines how his research group at the Rocky Mountain Research Station is piloting a new approach to facilitating transparent decisions, allowing good fire to burn under the right conditions, and informing suppression strategies when needed.
There’s a new model for wildfire response emerging in the West, and it’s allowing ranchers to participate in wildfire suppression early on. This model, known as Rangeland Fire Protection Associations (RFPAs), creates structure and support for ranchers to participate in wildfire response when the start is near their property. Does your state have the right ingredients to cook up something similar? Dr. Emily Jane “EJ” Davis shares insights into her RFPA research, as well as a link to a storymap to learn more in this early-summer post.
What other innovative approaches are emerging in the wildfire-response field? Tell us about them in the comment section below.
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