Living with Fire: Fire Decision Model

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Southern California's fire ecology is unlike that of anywhere else in the United States. Fire control strategies developed for mountain forests don't have the same results here. So can science help uncover new answers to help Southern California communities manage and live with wildfires? This 10 minute film showcases ongoing USGS research supporting agencies on the frontlines of fire management. Like earthquakes, southern California wildfires can't be prevented -- but the risks they pose to our communities and landscapes can be managed. USGS scientists hope to increase our understanding of wildfire factors. The resulting research can assist managers and planners in finding solutions to reduce the risk of home and habitat loss -- and help southern California truly learn to live with fire.

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Image Dimensions: 480 x 360

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Length: 00:02:58

Location Taken: San Diego, CA, US

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Narrator:
Fire questions in southern California are

more complex than they seem, project scientists
have much more to investigate.

Ultimately they hope to integrate all of these
wildfire factors into what is known as a decision

model.

Ross Bradstock:
We’re building quite a complex model, which

is tremendously exciting in scientific terms.

It’s ground breaking stuff.

Narrator:
The model will give resource managers a tool

to understand which combination of strategies,
from fuel treatments, to land use planning,

to urban landscaping will have the greatest
potential for managing wild fire risk in southern

California.

Firefighter Radio:
Yeah it’s established.

It’s going to be coming down that canyon.

Yeah we’re getting embers flying into the
structure to the left, any action….

Narrator:
Southern California experiences the greatest

fire losses of any area in the U.S. and perhaps
even the world.

Jon Keeley:
In the future, how can we balance fire hazard

and reducing the risk of fire hazards for
humans and at the same time maintain natural

wildlands for their intrinsic value as resources?

Narrator:
Like earthquakes, southern California wildfires

can’t be prevented but the risks they pose
to our communities and landscapes can be managed.

Marti Witter:
So it’s time we reexamined how we look at

these problems, and find out what is effective
so that dollars we put into prevent wildfire

losses actually has a benefit, that we actually
see a reduction in those losses in the future.

The important part about having rigorous scientific
data to backup the recommendations that we

make is because they are counter intuitive,
because they run contrary to the way work

has been done for thirty years.

Narrator:
Led by the USGS the team of scientist’s

hopes to add to our understanding of wildfire
factors.

The resulting research can assist managers
and planners in finding solutions to reduce

the risk of home and habitat loss and to help
southern California truly learn to live with

fire.