Airtanker Flight Distance between Fires: Random Fire Starts on Line Segments

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Under high initial attack fire loads, dispatchers sometimes redirect airtankers that are working on other fires. The inherent variability of flight distance between random fire locations is a potentially important aspect of any model that would reallocate the airtanker resource between fires. Requisite formulas are derived, and computational procedures are provided in this article for the stochastic description of airtanker flight distances between fire-start locations randomly located along straight-line segments. Numerical approximations and comparisons with prior work confirm the results of detailed examples that establish a blueprint for application and continued model development. FOR. SCI. 51(5):460–471.

Keywords: Operations research; environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; natural resource management; natural resources; spatial statistics; transportation planning; travel distance

Document Type: Regular Article

Affiliations: Professor College of Forest Resources University of Washington Seattle WA 98195-2100 Phone: (206) 543-1464;, Fax: (206) 685-3091, Email: greulich@u.washington.edu

Publication date: October 1, 2005

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