FIREXTR (Prevent and prepare society for extreme fire events: the challenge of seeing the “forest” and not just the “trees")

Is a three year project that started in July 2016 and will end in 30 July 2019.

The nature and the major challenge of this project is the comprehension of the biophysical and human processes contributing to extreme fire events and their interactions through the appreciation of the complexity of past extreme fire events in Portugal, as a learned lesson. The purpose is to develop efficient prevention and preparedness strategies and measures to contain wildfire risk, to decrease impacts and damages and to enhance resilience to extreme events. Communities have to prevent and prepare timely for extreme fire events. The novel idea of this project is based on the exploitation of the innovative concept of “fire smart territories”. Thus, we will consider the different roles of fire in social-ecological systems and all fire management activities, mainly those of prevention and preparedness.

The project activities involve 8 institutions from Australia, Canada, France, Italy, U.S., and Portugal.