U.S. Wildfire Cost-Plus-Loss Economics Project


The following links are to HTML and PDF files containing two basic forms (an abbreviated online and full text version) of the 2009 article "U.S. Wildfire Cost-Plus-Loss Economics Project: The 'One-Pager' Checklist" by Bob Zybach, Michael Dubrasich, Gregory Brenner, and John Marker. The remaining link goes to a single-page "working copy" PDF file of the actual checklist. The checklist is intended for interested professionals, affected citizens, public media, landowners, county officials, and others to begin a more comprehensive analysis of individual wildfires. It can be readily used to denote “presence or absence” of costs or damages resulting from a wildfire event; to keep a “range of values” tally of cost and damage estimates; and/or to track and update developing and final figures as they are determined.

Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center original August 1, 2009 online publication: http://www.wildfirelessons.net/Additional.aspx?Page=240

Online PDF print version (less text, no hyperlinks, illustrated, basic instructions for use):[PDF_278_kb.].

Full text PDF print version (more text, no hyperlinks, no illustrations, more references): [PDF_198_kb.].

Full text HTML version [Zybach_et_al_2009b.html]

"One-Pager" wildfire economics checklist: [PDF_8_kb.]



Register-Guard 2009. "Reassessing megafires: They cost us even more than we thought," Register-Guard. Eugene, Oregon: August 5: A6.

Case Studies.

1996 Buffalo Creek Fire, Colorado (Lynch 2004).

2000 Storrie Fire, California (The Guardian 2008).

2003 Old, Grand Prix, and Padua Complex, California (Dunn, et al. 2005).

2003 San Diego County Complex, California (Boxall 2009; Rahn 2009).

General References.

Dale, Lisa 2009. The True Cost of Wildfire in the Western U.S. Western Forestry Leadership Coalition, Lakewood, Colorado: 16 pp.

Donovan, Geoffrey H. and Douglas B. Rideout. 2003. "A Reformulation of the Cost Plus Net Value Change (C+NVC) Model of Wildfire Economics," Forest Science. 49(2): 318-323.

Maleki, Susasanne 2008. "Counting All That Matters: Recognizing the Value of Ecosystem Services," Science Update. USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station, Issue 16: 11 pp.

Pfilf, Richard J., John F. Marker, and Robert D. Averill 2002. Forest Health and Fire: An Overview and Evaluation. National Association of Forest Service Retirees, Chantilly, Virginia: 36 pp.

Rideout, Douglas B., Yu Wei, Andrew G. Kirsch, and Stephen J. Botti. 2008. “Toward a Unified Economic Theory of Fire Program Analysis with Strategies for Empirical Modeling,” IN T. P. Holmes, Thomas P., Jeffrey P. Prestemon, and Karen L. Abt (eds.), The Economics of Forest Disturbances: Wildfires, Storms, and Invasive Species Series, Springer Science, Forestry Sciences, Vol. 79: 361–380.

Sparhawk, W.N. 1925. “Use of liability ratings in forest protection,” Journal of Agricultural Research. Vol. 30: 693-792.

Xanthopoulos, Gavriil 2008. "Who Should Be Responsible for Forest Fires? Lessons From the Greek Experience," IN: Gonzalez-Caban, Armando, Proceedings of the Second International Symposium on Fire Economics, Planning, and Policy: A Global View. General Technical Report PSW-GTR-208, USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station, Albany, California: 720 pp.: 189-201.



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