Spatial distribution of human- caused forest fires in Galicia (NW Spain)

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Title of host publicationModelling, Monitoring and Management of Forest Fires II
DatePublished - 2010
Number of pages12
PublisherWIT PRESS
Place of PublicationSouthampton
Original languageEnglish
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-84564-453-6
ISBN (Print)978-1-84564-452-9


It is crucial for fire prevention policies to assess the spatial patterns of
human-started fires and their relationship with geographical and socioeconomic
aspects. This study uses fire reports for the period 1988-2006 in Galicia, Spain,
to analyze the spatial distribution of human-induced fire risk attending to causes
and underlying motivations associated with fire ignitions. Our results show that
there are four distinctive types of municipalities in this region according to the
incidence of intentional agricultural-livestock fires, pyromaniacal behavior,
negligence, and unknown causes. They highlight that study of the spatial
properties of the human causes and motivations of forest fire activity can provide
valuable information for detecting the presence of non-random clusters of fires
of various causes in particular locations, where fire management planning should
be evaluated more in depth.

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