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Economic Costs of Fire-Suppression Forces

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A procedure to estimate costs of fire management inputs for presuppression and large fire suppression found significant hourly cost differences by deployment status among 12 units--ranging from small engines to 20-person handcrews--in three western states and three USDA Forest Service regions. Estimated suppression costs were 32 to 138 percent higher than current planning figures. Overhead, training, facilities, and equipment were major sources of cost variation. Fiscal 1981 hourly suppression costs ranged from $40 for small engines on standby in the Forest Service's Southwestern Region to $595 for a 20-person handcrew in the Pacific Northwest Region during large fire suppression.
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Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Economist, USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Forest and Range Experiment Station, Riverside, CA

Publication date: 1985-07-01

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