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An Economic Evaluation of Bushfire Prevention and Suppression

J. Bennetton, Paul Cashin (), D. Jones and J. Soligo

No 598, Department of Economics - Working Papers Series from The University of Melbourne

Abstract: The Fire Management Program (FMP) of the Victorian Department of Natural Resources and Environment is responsible for the prevention and suppression of fires on public land in the State of Victoria. The value of publicly-provided fire suppression and prevention activities is a function of the potential damage avoided, and is determined by such variables as: the location, timing and likely spread of bushfires; the nature and value of assets potetially damaged by bushfires; and the extent to which alternative providers of fire management activities will reduce the damage caused by unchecked bushfires. This paper reports on an economic evaluation of the net benefits of these fire mangement activities for a representative year.

Keywords: ENVIRONMENT; FIRES (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q23 Q28 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 1997
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