Encyclopedia of Wildfires and Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) Fires

Living Edition
| Editors: Samuel L. Manzello

Lessons Learnt from Post-Fire Surveys and Investigations

Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-51727-8_46-1



Post-fire survey, case study, or investigation is the process of collecting and analyzing data relating to wildland urban interface (WUI) fire events. While the principle aims of these surveys can be diverse, the types of data that are collected, and the subsequent analyses, typically include event sequences, fire behavior, weather, defensive actions, firefighting response, building design, surrounding vegetation, building maintenance, and human behavior. These surveys or investigations can provide insight into the factors influencing potential house loss and community response and the effects of fire on infrastructure and community evacuation.


The potential for house loss in a wildfire involves several mechanisms related to the ignition and propagation of fire in urban and rural areas (Cohen 2000b; Mell...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Land & WaterCSIROMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.NISTGaithersburgUSA
  3. 3.CSIROMelbourneAustralia

Section editors and affiliations

  • Raphaele Blanchi
    • 1
  1. 1.Land & WaterCSIROMelbourneAustralia