This project will provide empirical measures and modelling of resources that are used for suppression of campaign fires. Research will commence with an examination of historical data by evaluating recent campaign fires in Australia. Operational data will be used to generate models of current suppression resourcing and tactics. These models will be used to evaluate various resource scenarios in simulation studies. For a given set of fire weather, fuel and topographical conditions, the research questions are:
- What is the appropriate level of resources required for successful containment of campaign fires in Australia?
- Should suppression resources be engaged in offensive or defensive strategies?
- What offensive strategies should suppression resources use?
- What should be expected for a containment timeframe?
- Is there a sufficient level of resources to hold a fire to a specific threshold of fire size?
This project seeks to determine what type and level of suppression resources are required for successful containment of campaign fires under a given set of fire weather, fuel, and topographic conditions.
This project strives to determine what effect suppression operations have on large fires.
To describe the actual and potential costs and benefits of bushfire preparedness and response operations through the assessment of specific Victorian case studies
This project will seek to answer the following questions:
- What are the productivity rates of different types of firefighting resource that work on large fires?
- How do the productivity rates for large fires compare with existing initial attack productivity rates?
- To what degree do environmental factors, such as weather and topography impact resource productivity?