Relationship between agriculture and wildfire

Michel Mouléry 1∗±, Claude Napoléone 1, Jean Christophe Paoli 2 & Patrick Nshimi 3

1 Inra, UR Écodéveloppement, Avignon, France
2  Inra, UR LRDE, Corte (Corse), France
3  Inra, UR SMART (Agrocampus Ouest), Rennes, France
 Speaker: Michel Mouléry (
± Corresponding author: Claude Napoléone (

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We want to do a methodological presentation about a statistical model on wildfire hazards that aims to merge small and large scale indicators (from farm scale to the French Mediterranean area). We have considered relationships between agriculture and wildfire hazards (forests and scrublands) in the Mediterranean regions of France. The literature shows that the risk level is linked to the landscape structure (slope, orientation, vegetation…), the wind conditions or the global warming (Westerling et al, 2011)[1], and that the public policies may modify this wildfire hazard (Paveglio et al, 2013)[2]. However, we have highlighted that agricultural activities can have a huge influence on the hazard and that this influence is heterogeneous depending on agricultural behaviors (burnings during the high winds and the hosted time of the day – FAO, 2016)[3] or the activities (the pastoralism or olive tree cultivation have a positive influence against the wildfire). So, this methodological work for modeling a multiscale phenomenon should open a discussion on modeling the land use change at the Mediterranean basin level.


This research receives the financial support of the EU Funding scheme: Research and Innovation Action (RIA) within the (2015-2018) project entitled “PROVIding smart DElivery of public goods by EU agriculture and forestry” (acronym: PROVIDE), Call identifier: H2020-ISIB-2014-2; Topic: ISIB-01-2014.


[1] Westerling, A. L., Bryant, B. P., Preisler, H. K., Holmes, T. P., Hidalgo, H. G., Das, T., & Shrestha, S. R. (2011). Climate change and growth scenarios for California wildfire. Climatic Change, 109(SUPPL. 1), 445–463. doi:10.1007/s10584-011-0329-9

[2] Paveglio, T. B., Prato, T., & Hardy, M. (2013). Simulating effects of land use policies on extent of the wildland urban interface and wildfire risk in Flathead County, Montana. Journal of Environmental Management, 130, 20–31. doi:10.1016/j.jenvman.2013.08.036

[3] Fire Management