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The economic value of fire damages in Tuscan agroforestry areas

Claudio Fagarazzi (1), Roberto Fratini (1), Mara Montanino (1), Mauro Viccaro (2), Mario Cozzi (2), Severino Romano (2), Francesco Riccioli (3)   

iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, Volume 14, Issue 1, Pages 41-47 (2021)
doi: https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor3607-013
Published: Jan 14, 2021 - Copyright © 2021 SISEF

Research Articles

The Tuscan Region (Central Italy) spends about 12 million euros every year in the prevention and suppression of forest fires. In this context, this study aims to analyse the economic and environmental benefits derived from fire suppression activities. Starting from a case study of a real fire event in Tuscany, we simulated three hypothetical scenarios (with different fire durations) without fire extinction activities planned by using the open source software FARSITE. Benefits derived from fire extinction activities can be quantified as the avoided damage, which has been calculated through the estimation of the total economic value of forests not destroyed by fire thanks to the extinction action. The avoided damage is represented by the difference between values of forest areas burned by the real fire event and those burned by simulated fire. By providing an economic estimation of avoided damages, our results confirm that forest fire services and forest management have a high impact on both the economy and the environment.


Fire Damage, FARSITE, Total Economic Value, Fire Simulation, GIS

Authors’ address

Claudio Fagarazzi 0000-0002-1850-515X
Roberto Fratini 0000-0003-1901-9628
Mara Montanino
University of Florence, Department of Agricultural, Food, Environmental and Forestry Sciences and Technologies, p.le delle Cascine 18, I-50144 Firenze (Italy)
Mauro Viccaro 0000-0001-9315-4110
Mario Cozzi 0000-0002-7210-9967
Severino Romano 0000-0003-2122-8154
University of Basilicata, School of Agricultural, Forestry, Food and Environmental Sciences, v. dell’Ateneo Lucano, I-85100 Potenza (Italy)
Francesco Riccioli 0000-0002-0745-7893
University of Pisa, Department of Veterinary science - rural economic section, v.le delle Piagge 2, I-56124 Pisa (Italy)

Corresponding author

Francesco Riccioli


Fagarazzi C, Fratini R, Montanino M, Viccaro M, Cozzi M, Romano S, Riccioli F (2021). The economic value of fire damages in Tuscan agroforestry areas. iForest 14: 41-47. - doi: 10.3832/ifor3607-013

Academic Editor

Rodolfo Picchio

Paper history

Received: Aug 05, 2020
Accepted: Nov 12, 2020

First online: Jan 14, 2021
Publication Date: Feb 28, 2021
Publication Time: 2.10 months

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