Decision Calendars in Fire Management

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Climate information can aid in improving the targeting of fuels treatments and prescribed burns, determining the positioning and movement of initial attack resources, and informing staffing and budgeting decisions. Fire managers at the regional and forest level in California, Arizona, and New Mexico were surveyed to gather information on the timing of key fire management decisions. The survey included year-long decision calendars to assess when and how to efficiently convey climate information to fire managers. Researchers sought to gain insights into decision processes and information flows in fire management, in order to identify optimal points in the decision networks of fire management agencies where climate information may be inserted into decision processes.