Firefighting expenditures are continually rising to well over a billion dollars being spent each year, often exhausting annual budgets, and this is causing a fiscal crisis in federal land management agencies, particularly the U.S. Forest Service. Despite huge increases in money, resources, and personnel being committed to fire suppression, the number of burned acres and destroyed homes continue to increase. This page offers some important analyses and science synthesis papers explaining some of the underlying reasons fueling this rise in suppression spending, with particular attention to the “human dimensions” of fire management.
The Rising Costs of Wildfire Suppression and the Case for Ecological Fire Use” (2015)
The Ecological Importance of Mixed-Severity Fires: Nature’s Phoenix (DellaSala & Hanson eds.) Elsevier Academic Press
General Accounting Office (GAO) Reports
National Academy of Public Adminstration Reports
Containing Wildland Fire Costs: Improving Equipment And Services Acquisition (Sept. 2003)
Containing Wildland Fire Costs: Utilizing Local Firefighting Forces (Dec. 2003)
Containing Wildland Fire Costs: Enhancing Hazard Mitigation Capacity (Jan. 2004)