Extreme Wildfire Events and Disasters - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128157213

Extreme Wildfire Events and Disasters

1st Edition

Root Causes and New Management Strategies

Authors: Fantina Tedim Vittorio Leone Tara Mcgee
Paperback ISBN: 9780128157213
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 2nd December 2019
Page Count: 330
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Extreme Wildfire Events and Disasters: Root Causes and New Management Strategies highlights the urgent need for new methods to prepare and mitigate the effects of these events. Using a multidisciplinary, socio-ecological approach, the book discusses the roots of the problem, presenting a new, innovative approach to wildfire mitigation based on the operational concept of Fire Smart Territory (FST). Under the guidance of its expert editors, the book highlights new ways to prevent and respond to extreme wildfire events and disasters through sustainable development, thus revealing better management methods and increasing protection of both the natural environment and the vulnerable communities within it.

Key Features

  • Reveals the complexity of extreme wildfire events and disasters in an accessible, comprehensive and multidisciplinary way
  • Reviews the ground-breaking concept of Fire Smart Territory (FST) which offers an opportunity to reduce wildfire occurrence and severity through measures that promote sustainable development
  • Proposes a new perspective on disaster risk reduction to help researchers, planners and professionals successfully adapt their methods for mitigating current and future issues


Wildfire ecologists, Natural resource managers, Environmentalists, Land managers, General ecologists, Agronomists and Foresters, Forestry Service professionals, Researchers in industry and academia

Table of Contents

Part 1: Extreme wildfire events and disasters: examples and global trends
1. Extreme wildfire events and disaster as a social ecological construction
2. Extreme wildfires and disasters around the world: lessons to be learned

Part 2: Extreme wildfire events and disasters: The roots of the problem
3. The relation of weather conditions and climate change effects with extreme wildfires
4. The relation of landscape characteristics, human settlements, spatial planning, and fuel management with extreme wildfires
5. Social dimensions: causes and biases
6. Historical Ecology of extreme wildfire as disaster
7. Firefighting approaches and extreme wildfires

Part 3. Towards a new approach to cope with extreme wildfire events and disasters
8. The suppression model fragilities: the “firefighting trap”
9. Mitigation and preparedness as measures to cope with extreme wildfires and disasters
10. Recovery

Part 4. How to cope with the problem of extreme wildfires and disasters
11. Wildfire policies contribution to aggravate extreme wildfires and disaster occurrence
12. Fire Smart Territory as an innovative approach to wildfire risk reduction
13. How to create a change in wildfire management policies 
14. What we can do differently about the wildfire problem: an overview


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About the Author

Fantina Tedim

Fantina Tedim has a PhD in Human Geography. She is an Assistant Professor in the Geography Department at the University of Porto, Portugal, and a University Fellow of the University of Charles Darwin, Australia. Since 2007, her research has focused on disaster risk reduction mainly in relation to wildfire hazards, and she has written 9 papers in this area. Currently, she is the lead of an international project (FIREXTR) focused on preventing and preparing society for extreme wildfire events.

Affiliations and Expertise

Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Porto, Portugal

Vittorio Leone

Vittorio Leone, now retired from academia and working as an independent researcher, was a full professor at the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Basilicata, in Italy. He taught Silviculture and Forest Fire Control and Use, and his main research interest has been in wildfire as a social phenomenon. He has written 16 papers in this area.

Affiliations and Expertise

Faculty of Agriculture, University of Basilicata, Italy (retired)

Tara Mcgee

Tara K. McGee is a professor in the Human Geography program at the University of Alberta, in Canada. She completed her Bachelor of Environmental Studies at the University of Waterloo (Environment and Resource Studies), and PhD (Resource Management and Environmental Studies) at the Australian National University. Since 1998, her research program has focused on the human dimensions of wildfire, including wildfire mitigation and preparedness, Indigenous peoples and wildfire, wildfire prevention, and wildfire evacuations. Dr. McGee teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses in the human dimensions of hazards and social science research methods, and has written 33 papers.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Alberta, Cana

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