A Century of Wildland Fire Research: Contributions to Long-term Approaches for Wildland Fire Management: Proceedings of a Workshop (2017)Board on Earth Sciences and Resources
Wildland fire is an important component of many U.S. ecosystems, but managing it has become more difficult because of increasingly dry conditions in some areas of the country, the expansion of the wildland-urban interface, and other sociocultural, regulatory, and economic factors. The costs of suppressing fire and those associated with destruction, displacement, rehabilitation, and loss of life caused by fire continue to rise. The increasing proportion of federal, state, and local budgets set aside for fire suppression has reduced the capacity of agencies responsible for managing wildlands to develop and enforce strategies that account for the full wildland fire cycle of mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine organized a 1-day workshop on March 27, 2017, to focus on how a century of wildland fire research can contribute to improving wildland fire management for the future. Participants discussed ways in which scientific research can help make wildfire planning and management more strategic and less costly, while ultimately increasing resilience to the lands and communities affected by wildfires.