A Novel Method for Mapping High Risk Wildfire Ignition Areas
Track: Wildland Fire Management
Authors: Alexander Cowan
Existing wildfire risk area maps hone in on dry brush and vegetation, versus more volatile variables such as anthropological and climate factors. 80% of wildfires are ignited by humans (campfires, cigarettes, children, etc.); it is extremely imperative that these factors be taken into consideration when predicting high-risk ignition areas. The purpose of this project is to create a novel, proactive, and more effective high-risk fire ignition map that incorporates anthropological data.