"he research purpose of this correlational study was to identify and analyze the cost drivers of wildfire suppression activity in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Both correlational analysis and regression modeling were used as procedures to answer the research questions of the identification of the cost factors and their interrelationships to total wildfire suppression costs. Results showed that the factors of size and the cost of aviation resources were the only significant variables showing any correlation or predictive power for the total cost of a wildfire, (r² greater than .8, p less than .0001). Recommendations are to increase oversight for aviation operations and to maintain aggressive initial attack to keep wildfires starts small in size in the fire department's service area."
United States. Federal Emergency Management Agency, Learning Resource Center: http://www.lrc.fema.gov/