- View a fuller version of the results (PDF, 3060KB)
New research on mapping and costing the UK Spring 2011 fires, funded by the University of Manchester
Researchers from the University of Manchester are working with the England and Wales Wildfire Forum on pilot projects to map and cost the Spring 2011 wildfires, with pump-priming funding from the University’s School of Environment and Development.
Fire and Rescue Services know when and where wildfires occur in their own area, but as yet there is no national picture of wildfire incidence. The Spring 2011 fires present an opportunity to demonstrate the scale of the problem, and to evaluate geo-referenced Incident Recording System (IRS). The data were used to map outdoor fires in England between18 April and 6 May 2011 and were combined with other spatial layers in GIS. The work builds on earlier research on wildfire mapping in the Peak District National Park and the South Pennines. Some preliminary results were presented at Wildfire 2011 and are also available from eScholar.
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Costing case studies of selected Spring 2011 wildfires are being undertaken. The work builds on earlier research on wildfires in the Peak District, which found that fires are costly to fight in such remote locations, commanding large amounts of resources, and costing between £8,500 for a small fire to around £132,000 for a fire on a remote moor. This excludes costs to environmental assets and indirect costs of social disruption. We now want to develop a national picture of the costs of wildfires. Providing evidence of the costs of wildfire is crucial in demonstrating the problem. Interviews with FRS officers and other fire responders together with incident reports are being used to obtain information on the cost and effectiveness of different resources in fighting a range of wildfires, which can then be scaled up to estimate national costs.
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FIRES Policy Brief (2010).
FIRES Policy Brief (PDF, 330KB).
A four-page fold-out colour leaflet identifying the key messages, policy recommendations and knowledge gaps on vegetation fires in the UK. Hard copies available from email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Report prepared for Scottish Natural Heritage.
A 19-page report prepared for SNH, Dec 2009. Expands on the key messages from the series, with examples from the presentations and discussions.
Scottish Natural Heritage Report (1800KB).
Summary of series
A two-page summary prepared for the FRESH VI plenary meeting, Royal Geographical Society, London, Sep 2009.
Summary of series (PDF, 122KB).
A series of four FIRES seminars and workshops on the effects of moorland and heathland wildfires and prescribed fires on ecosystem services were held during 2008-2009. The first seminar took place in Edinburgh 31 March – 1 April 2008. The second and third seminars were held in Manchester on 24 June 2008 and 31 March - 1 April 2009. Seminar four was held in the Peak District 13 – 14 May 2009.
The four seminars created a vibrant cross-sector multidisciplinary forum. Practitioners comprised more than half the audience. The series brought together over 130 researchers, moorland management agencies, policy-makers, Fire and Rescue Service officers, land managers and other stakeholders. It was the first time the Fire Service had been involved in coordinated academic debate on UK wildfires.
A four-page Policy Brief and a 19-page report for Scottish Natural Heritage are available to download. Other outputs can be found on the Downloads page. An online survey of opinion on the Policy Brief recommendations ran until 15 October 2010. Results will be available soon (see News item on this page).
FIRES raised awareness of the UK wildfire issue, its relationship to prescribed burning and its significance for ecosystem services. A clear need for further interdisciplinary research and knowledge exchange has been demonstrated.
FIRES steering group meeting, Edinburgh, August 2009: from left to right Claire Quinn (Univ of Leeds), Jonathan Aylen (MBS UoM), Colin Legg (Univ of Edin), Jon Walker (Moors for the Future Partnership), Marion Thomson (The Heather Trust), Julia McMorrow (UoM), Klaus Hubacek (Univ of Leeds). Members not present were Simon Thorp (The Heather Trust) and Mark Jones (Chief Fire Officers’Association).
- Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust
- Scottish Natural Heritage
- Manchester Institute for Mathematical Sciences
- Peak District National Park Authority
- Julia McMorrow, University of Manchester;
- Colin Legg, University of Edinburgh;
- Jonathan Aylen, University of Manchester;
- Jon Walker, Moors for the Future;
- Klaus Hubacek, University of Leeds, Sustainability Research Institute;
- Claire Quinn, University of Leeds, Sustainability Research Institute;
- Simon Thorp/Marion Thomson. The Heather Trust;
- Mark Jones, Chief Fire Officers' Association;
- Gina Cavan/Anna Gilchrist, University of Manchester.
- Coordinated by: University of Manchester.