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Comparing the effects of fuel treatment layouts in fragmenting large contiguous fuel patches under different fire duration assumptions


circa 2012


Long, Yehan, author

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Fuel treatment is an important component of wildland fire management. Fuel treatments can fragment large and contiguous fuel patches with high fire intensity potentials. This research applied a mathematical programming model to compare the effects of different fuel treatment layouts in fragmenting fuel patches, and controlling the future fire sizes under different fire durations assumptions. Analyses suggested that fuel treatment aimed at controlling fires of longer duration could effectively lower the risk of fires with shorter duration. However, fuel treatment layouts aimed at shorter fire durations might not perform well when the future fire duration is much longer. Fuel treatment layout designed under the assumption of infinite fire duration can effectively fragment high fire hazard fuel patches and provide reasonable support for future fire control.


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wildland fire
fire duration


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