Authors: Jim MenakisThe United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service (USFS) and Department of Interior (DOI) land management bureaus initiated a program to monitor the effectiveness of fuel treatments when tested by wildfire since 2006. This program became mandatory in 2011 for the USFS and 2012 for the DOI. The purpose of fuel treatment effectiveness monitoring (FTEM) program is to help answer the following questions. 1) Are fuel treatments affecting fire behavior by reducing the intensity and/or rate of spread? 2) Does suppression effectiveness improve through enhanced firefighter safety, reduced firefighting costs, and/or reduced potential fire damage? 3) What are the lessons learned that are important to help improve the hazardous fuels program? In this presentation we will: 1) Introduce and summaries the results of fuel treatment effectiveness monitoring program. 2) Demonstrate the new FTEM application in IFTDSS and some of the improved features for easy and accurate reporting. 3) Highlight common dominators and success stories of fuel treatments that were successfully planned to mitigate against wildfire. And 4) discuss lessons learned and things to consider when planning future fuel treatments.
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