ABSTRACT

Analysis of NFIRS Data for Selected Wildfires Including Impacts in Wildland Urban Interface Areas   [open pdf - 6MB]

From the Executive Summary: "This analysis compares the publicly reported loss metrics (e.g., deaths, injuries, dollar losses and acres burned) from media and government sources for 6 named wildfires between 2016 and 2018 with the data reported by local fire departments to the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS). The 6 wildfires were selected by the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) to reflect a diversity of wildland urban interface (WUI) conditions, land management responsibilities, locations, terrains and climates: [1] Chimney Tops 2, Tennessee, 2016. [2] Northwest Oklahoma Complex, Oklahoma/Kansas, 2017. [3] West Mims, Georgia/Florida, 2017. [4] Spring Creek, Colorado, 2018. [5] Woolsey, California (Southern), 2018. [6] Camp, California (Northern), 2018. Overall, the data in the NFIRS for these wildfires significantly understates the publicly reported losses except for acres burned, which was often overreported in the NFIRS[.]"

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Date:
2022-01
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Public Domain
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U.S. Fire Administration: https://www.usfa.fema.gov/
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