A review of wildfire ignitions

Researchers have released a report titled Wildfire Ignitions: A Review of the Science and Recommendations for Empirical Modeling. It summarizes the state of knowledge regarding the underlying causes and the role of wildfire prevention efforts on all major categories of wildfires, including findings from research that have sought to model wildfire occurrences over fine and broad spatial and temporal scales. The report also describes a conceptual model of wildfire ignitions, which is designed to provide a modeling framework for analysts who seek to better understand wildfire ignition processes or develop statistical models that can predict wildfire occurrences across any spatial or temporal scale.

Below is a chart from the report. (Click the image to enlarge.)

Wildfire causes 2000-2008

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.