Action A2.1 Review and evaluation of state-of-the-art knowledge, innovative tools and practices to measure extreme fire spread risk at stand and landscape level

Description: Collection of information on state of the art methods for identifying and/or providing innovative operational tools for fuel management and determination of forest fire hazard at stand level, and for improving landscape level planning with respect to fire. It will include, among others, the following components:

Review and evaluation of innovative fuel management methods for reducing fire hazard at stand level, and for providing landscape resistance to large forest and wildland fires: Assessment of the relationship between landscape/forest management, vegetation structure and fire risk and fire behaviour.

Review of crown fire hazard vulnerability of forests and relationship between this and forest structure and fire behaviour. Tools for assessing crown fire potential via analysis of forest structure, and tools for wildfire hazard identification and prediction of potential crown fire events.

Review of prescribed burning as a tool for fuel management and for the creation of forests/landscapes that are more resistant to fire spread.

Review of the state of the art with regards to ignition modelling, and its potential use in improving existing fire hazard/danger systems. An identification of the data harmonization requirements for implementing a common European ignition modelling system.

Review of the use of fire spread modelling for identifying landscape fire risk through fire-spread probability mapping, with operational results to include input into landscape management decision making processes.

Expected results: Report reviewing the innovative tools and practices used to assess extreme fire spread risk for stand and landscape level planning.

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