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Effectiveness and longevity of wildland fire as a fuel treatment

Author(s): Sean A. Parks, Corey L. Gucker
Year Published: 2016

Wildland fires, especially wildfires, are not commonly thought of as fuel treatments; however, because fires consume fuels and alter vegetation structure, they can serve as fuel treatments similar to more traditional means (e.g., mechanical or prescribed fire). To consider previously burned areas when managing subsequent fires, managers need information pertaining to the effectiveness and longevity of wildland fires as fuel treatments. This study was designed to quantify how wildfire influences subsequent fire occurrence, fire progression (size), and fire severity. 

Citation: Parks, Sean, A; Gucker, Corey L. 2016. Effectiveness and longevity of wildland fire as a fuel treatment. Northern Rockies Fire Science Network Research Brief No. 1
Topic(s): Fuels, Fuel Treatments & Effects, Naturally-ignited Fire-use treatments
Ecosystem(s): None
Document Type: Research Brief or Fact Sheet
NRFSN number: 14440
Record updated: Sep 30, 2021