Quantifying the Threat of Unsuppressed Wildfires Reaching Adjacent Wildland-Urban Interface

Over the last few years, Pyrologix has focused its work on applying fire science to find solutions to real land management problems. The management applications themselves are often worthy of sharing with a larger audience. On a number of its U.S. Forest Service projects, Pyrologix has worked with colleagues at the Rocky Mountain Research Station to publish, in journal articles and technical reports, the results of its application-oriented projects, information that would otherwise remain in the files of a local land management unit.

In 2012, the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute funded the preparation of a manuscript entitled “Quantifying the threat of unsuppressed wildfires reaching the adjacent wildland-urban interface on the Bridger-Teton National Forest, Wyoming, USA”. The manuscript was based on work we did for the Bridger-Teton National Forest with our partner at the TEAMS Enterprise unit. We used a stochastic wildfire simulator, called FSim, to assess the potential for wildfires igniting in a relatively remote area of the landscape to reach areas of residential development. The resulting manuscript is available here.

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