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A Temporal Framework of Large Wildfire Suppression in Practice, a Qualitative Descriptive Study

Centre for Environmental Risk Management of Bushfires, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, NSW 2522, Australia
Bushfire Natural Hazards CRC, East Melbourne, Victoria 3002, Australia
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Forests 2019, 10(10), 884;
Received: 8 September 2019 / Revised: 24 September 2019 / Accepted: 30 September 2019 / Published: 7 October 2019
Suppression activities on large wildfires are complicated. Existing suppression literature does not take into account this complexity which leaves existing suppression models and measures of resource productivity incomplete. A qualitative descriptive analysis was performed on the suppression activities described in operational documents of 10 large wildfires in Victoria, Australia. A five-stage classification system summarises suppression in the everyday terms of wildfire management. Suppression can be heterogeneous across different sectors with different stages occurring across sectors on the same day. The stages and the underlying 20 suppression tasks identified provide a fundamental description of how suppression resources are being used on large wildfires. We estimate that at least 57% of resource use on our sample of 10 large wildfires falls outside of current suppression modelling and productivity research. View Full-Text
Keywords: wildfire; suppression; fire management; resource use wildfire; suppression; fire management; resource use
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Simpson, H.; Bradstock, R.; Price, O. A Temporal Framework of Large Wildfire Suppression in Practice, a Qualitative Descriptive Study. Forests 2019, 10, 884.

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