JZ sent this as a comment to another thread, but in the interest of using the “best available science” here is a link to a Journal of Forestry article from 2008. The full title is “External Human Factors in Incident Management Team Decisionmaking and their Effect on Large Fire Expenditures.”
It’s interesting to get a perspective from the people involved. It sounds like the next piece of research was to interview the agency administrators. Does anyone know if the authors finished this, and if so, where the paper might be found?