Forest fire analysis and classification based on a Serbian case study

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ABSTRACT: A recent forest fire in the Republic of Serbia is discussed concerning classification, legislative framework and fire management, giving a detailed analysis of the forest fire occurrence. Analysing past and predicting future fires are crucial for policy development and forest management practicesto prevent and mitigate fires. Fire hazard is discussed through several fire protection and prevention legislative documents. The nonparametric Mann-Kendall test was used to analyse resent forest fire data in an attempt to find causality in occurrences and frequency. The meteorological data and fire statistics provided by the Serbian Hydro-meteorological Service and the Ministry of Interior/Sector for Emergency Management of the Republic of Serbia were used to calculate the Forest Fire Weather Indices, along with deficit or surplus of precipitation forthe case study of Tara Mountain. The paper highlightsthe need for better hierarchical classification of fire hazards and its harmonisation along with standardisations presented by leading internationalresearch institutions. A significant correlation between meteorological parameters and forest fire occurrence was found. This opens a possibility for further investigation and analysis of geophysical and anthropogenic driven factors that can influence disaster occurrence. KEY WORDS: geography, natural hazards, forest fires, classification, forest fireweatherindices, Tara mountain, Serbia

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