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Focus: A Computerized Approach to Fire Management Planning

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The U.S. Forest Service has completed a large-scale computer simulation model for evaluating alternative fire-management plans. The model--called FOCUS (Fire Operational Characteristics Using Simulation)--has been widely tested and became operational in 1976. FOCUS can help plan fire management organizations, and evaluate the performance of alternative plans and their impact on the fire protection job. The model can also be applied to fire-related environmental, economic, and political problems and overall land-use planning.
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Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Acting Program Manager, FIRESCOPE program, Pacific Southwest Forest and Range Experiment Station, USDA Forest Service, Riverside, California

Publication date: 1976-09-01

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.

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