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Mapping Forest Fire Risk at a Local Scale—A Case Study in Andalusia (Spain)

Departmen of Physical Geography and Regional Geographical Analysis, University of Seville, 41004 Seville, Spain
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Environments 2019, 6(3), 30; https://doi.org/10.3390/environments6030030
Received: 11 February 2019 / Revised: 22 February 2019 / Accepted: 26 February 2019 / Published: 2 March 2019
Forest fires are a critical environmental problem facing current societies, with serious repercussions at ecological, economic and personal safety levels. Detailed maps enabling identification of areas liable to be affected is an indispensable first step allowing different prevention and protection measures vis-à-vis this kind of phenomenon. These maps could be especially valuable for use in land management and emergency planning at a municipality scale. A methodology is shown for producing local maps of mid- and short-term forest fire risk, integrating both natural and human factors. Among natural factors, variables normally used in hazard models are considered as fuel models, slopes or vegetation moisture stress. From the human perspective, more novel aspects have been evaluated, meant either to assess human-induced hazard (closeness to forestland of causative elements or the ability of people to penetrate the forest environment), or to assess vulnerability, considering the population’s location in urban centres and scattered settlements. The methodology is applied in a municipality of Andalusia (Spain) and obtained results were compared to burned areas maps. View Full-Text
Keywords: forest fire; risk; hazard; vulnerability; GIS forest fire; risk; hazard; vulnerability; GIS
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Vallejo-Villalta, I.; Rodríguez-Navas, E.; Márquez-Pérez, J. Mapping Forest Fire Risk at a Local Scale—A Case Study in Andalusia (Spain). Environments 2019, 6, 30.

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