Using currently available data and computer programs, we have developed and are refining a GIS-based process that quantifies, simultaneously, the potential risks and opportunities for use of fire across the landscape. Maps, digital data and reports produced during the process include: stand based information on potential fire behavior under a variety of threshold fire weather conditions, fire effects on vegetation, fire effects on species’ habitat and landscape structure, fire effects relative to the desired future condition of the landscape, and annual or decadal probability of an area experiencing fire. The process is designed to be used by land managers in any type of agency: federal, state and non-governmental organizations.
Information produced may be used to develop resource targets, fire use zones, or to prioritize areas for WFU, prescribed fire or mechanical treatment. The process is also useful in helping managers and the public understand the trade-offs and consequences of alternative courses of action. When linked to cost data, it can help contain costs by identifying stands in which fire under particular conditions will result in a net benefit to the resource from those in which resources are ‘at risk’. Armed with this information, Incident Commanders may be able to more efficiently allocate suppression forces. This poster will present the conceptual design and results for several types of projects: long-range planning, fire management plan development, and endangered species consultations.