Current International Perspectives on Wildland Fires, Mankind and the Environment


Brigitte Leblon (Editor)
Faculty of ForestRIB/COBry and Environmental Management, University of New Brunswick, Canada

Martin E. Alexander, PhD (Editor)
Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Alberta, Canada

Series: Natural Disaster Research, Prediction and Mitigation
BISAC: POL044000

Wildland fire has and continues to impact humans and our environment both positively and negatively. Being able to co-exist with fire on the landscape is becoming increasingly more important as man expands his use of the world’s ecosystems. This book is the latest contribution dedicated towards the scholarship surrounding the subject of wildland fires. The present volume consists of a collection of essays covering fire science and technology topics that support the management of wildfires and prescribed fires written by specialists in their respective fields.

The nine chapters cover the following: (i) the need of fire and the consequences of policies of attempted fire exclusion to try and manage the wildfire problem; (ii) a review of the current state-of-knowledge of the role of remote sensing technologies in managing wildfires; (iii) a description of how the Canadian system of forest fire danger rating has been introduced into Argentina; (iv) the rationale for adding an “A” for anchor point(s) to the LCES (Lookout(s) – Communication(s) – Escape routes – Safety zone(s)) safety system for wildland firefighters, thus denoting LACES; (v) a case study involving the use of cloud-based geographic information system on the 2013 Silver Fire in southern California; (vi) the deaths that have occurred amongst rural firefighters and members of the public in Greece since 1997; (vii and viii) two separate overviews of the history, ecology and management of two large Argentinian regions of South America; and (ix) an assessment undertaken of wildland firefighter fatalities in South Africa over the past twenty years or so. (Imprint: Nova)


Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 – The Need for Appropriate Fire Regimes and a Pathway Forward (pp. 1-66)
Dale D. Wade, Steven R. Miller and Roger J. Underwood (USDA Forest Service (retired), Hayesville, North Carolina, US and others)

Chapter 2 – Use of Remote Sensing in Wildfire Management (pp. 67-100)
Brigitte Leblon, Laura Bourgeau-Chavez and Jesús San-Miguel-Ayanz (Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada and others)

Chapter 3 – Fire Danger Rating As a Tool for Fire Management. Implementation of the CFFDRS: The Argentine Experience (pp. 101-120)
M. C. Dentoni, M. M. Muñoz and D. S. Marek (Servicio Nacional de Manejo del Fuego and Universidad Nacional de la Patagonia San Juan Bosco Sede Esquel, C.C. 14 – (9200) Esquel, Chubut, Argentina and others)

Chapter 4 – LACES: Adding an “A” for ANCHOR POINT(S) to the LCES Wildland Firefighter Safety System (pp. 121-144)
Martin E. Alexander (Adjunct Professor of Wildland Fire Science and Management) and William R. “Rob” Thorburn (University of Alberta, and Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (Retired), Edmonton, Canada)

Chapter 5 – Wildfire Mapping and Cloud-Based GIS: Silver Fire 2013 (pp. 145-156)
Cassandra Hansen, Paul J. Doherty, Samuel Lanier and Spencer R. Adkisson (FireWhat, Inc., Dunsmuir, California and University of Nevada, Reno, NV, US and others)

Chapter 6 – Wildfires and Safety Issues in Greece (pp. 157-176)
Gavriil Xanthopoulos (Hellenic Agricultural Organization “Demeter”, Institute of Mediterranean Forest Ecosystems and Forest Products Technology, Athens, Greece)

Chapter 7 – Fire History, Fire Ecology and Management in Argentine Patagonia: From Ancient Times to Nowadays (pp. 177-210)
Guillermo E. Defossé, María Marcela Godoy, Lucas O. Bianchi, Natalia S. Lederer and Carlos Kunst (Patagonian Andes Forest Research and Extension Center (CIEFAP-CONICET) and Forest Department, University of Patagonia San Juan Bosco, Esquel, Chubut, and National Institute of Agricultural Technologies (INTA), Santiago del Estero Agricultural Experimental Station. Santiago del Estero, Argentina)

Chapter 8 – Fire History, Fire Ecology and Management in the Argentine Chaco (pp. 211-234)
Carlos Kunst, Roxana Ledesma, Sandra Bravo, Ada Albanesi, Analía Anriquez, Juan Silberman, Guillermo E. Defossé and Joaquin Casillo (Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria (INTA), Santiago del Estero Agricultural Experimental Station, Santiago del Estero; Universidad Nacional de Santiago del Estero, Faculty of Forest Sciences, Botany Chair, Santiago del Estero; Universidad Nacional de Santiago del Estero, Faculty of Agronomy, Soil Microbiology Chair, Santiago del Estero, Centro de Investigación y Extensión Forestal Andino Patagónico (CIEFAP-CONICET) and Forest Department, Universidad de la Patagonia San Juan Bosco, Esquel, Chubut, Argentina, and Private Consultant, Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Chapter 9 – Assessing Fire-Related Casualties and Some Critical Fire Fighting Procedures in South Africa over Two Decades (pp. 235-250)
Cornelis de Ronde (Silva Forest Services CC, South Africa)



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