2 2020

An initial briefing of a survey of “Wildland Fire Management under COVID-19” is at https://research.wur.nl/en/publications/wildland-fire-management-under-covid-19-brief-1-review-of-materia.

COVID-19 will have major implications for wildland fire management, because of severe social distancing and hygiene requirements. The survey, open through May 15, 2020, is led by a team including Peter Moore, Food and Agriculture Organization, United Nations, and Cathelijne Stoof, Wageningen University, The Netherlands, has collected procedures and guidance created around the world (348 responses, 26 nations) to help prepare wildland fire professionals for fire management during this pandemic. “Brief 1” summarizes initial considerations and guidelines for the global wildland fire community, with follow-up articles of complete survey results. By using existing groups and networks to discuss this issue, obtain input and collate ideas, it’s possible to more quickly establish the principles and options for adapting to the constraints and opportunities that COVID-19 is imposing. Findings will be shared for use by developed and developing countries, to facilitate learning and collaboration among individuals, agencies, and countries. 

Moore, P., Hannah, B., de Vries, J., Poortvliet, M., Steffens, R., Stoof, C.R. (2020). Wildland Fire Management under COVID-19. Brief 1, Review of Materials. Wageningen University, The Netherlands. https://doi.org/10.18174/521344.

Complete the Survey (available through May 15 ,2020): https://www.wur.nl/en/project/The-impact-of-COVID-19-on-wildland-fire-management.htm