You are here: Home
/ Publication Information
Title: Wildfire hazard mapping: exploring site conditions in eastern US wildlandruban interfaces
Author: Peters, Matthew P.; Iverson, Louis R.; Matthews, Stephen N.; Prasad, Anantha M.;
Source: International Journal of Wildland Fire. 22: 567-578.
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Description: Wildfires are a serious threat for land managers and property owners, and over the last few decades this threat has expanded as a result of increased rural development. Most wildfires in the north-eastern US occur in the wildlandurban interface, those regions of intermingling urban and non-developed vegetated lands, where access to firefighting resources can be limited. We created monthly wildfire ignition probability maps from environmental predictors and wildfires occurring between 2000 and 2009 for the states of New Jersey, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Predictor variables included a drought index, long-term soil moisture, percentage forest and wildlandurban interface classifications. Probability maps generated from modelled (Maxent) extrapolations were used to create monthly hazard maps to aid agencies and managers with resource allocation and likelihood projections of wildfires across the region. Our results suggest that monthly hazard assessments provide a better indication of potential wildfires than does a single mean annual probability. Our monthly predictions retain information related to long-term seasonal variability associated with environmental variables and the recorded wildfires providing spatial and temporal information for resource allocation.
Keywords: Maxent, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, predictive modelling, resource planning
- We recommend that you also print this page and attach it to the printout of the article, to retain the full citation information.
- This article was written and prepared by U.S. Government employees on official time, and is therefore in the public domain.
- This publication may be available in hard copy. Check the Northern Research Station web site to request a printed copy of this publication.
- Our on-line publications are scanned and captured using Adobe Acrobat. During the capture process some typographical errors may occur. Please contact Sharon Hobrla, firstname.lastname@example.org if you notice any errors which make this publication unusable.
XML: View XML
Peters, Matthew P.; Iverson, Louis R.; Matthews, Stephen N.; Prasad, Anantha M. 2013. Wildfire hazard mapping: exploring site conditions in eastern US wildlandruban interfaces. International Journal of Wildland Fire. 22: 567-578.
Get the latest version of the Adobe Acrobat reader or Acrobat Reader for Windows with Search and Accessibility