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Prescribed fire management

Author(s): Marcos Francos, Xavier Ubeda
Year Published: 2021

Fire plays a role in the vast majority of terrestrial ecosystems. Researchers have discovered that the negative effects of prescribed fire on soil, water and vegetation are transitory, and that benefits are much greater. This paper presents a synthesis of the most important recent work on the effects of prescribed fire on soil, water and vegetation and assesses the validity of the use of fire as a management tool. The impact of fire is low and temporary, while the benefits are greater both directly (e.g. reduction in vegetative fuel and the risk of fire, non-contamination of water) and indirectly (e.g. improvement in forest health). Thus, prescribed burning is a good management tool and should be incorporated into land management and regional planning. Researchers, managers, stakeholders and landowners must be taken into account in order to increase knowledge of this management tool and implement it in the most optimal way possible.

Citation: Francos, Marcos; Úbeda, Xavier. 2021. Prescribed fire management. Current Opinion in Environmental Science & Health 21:100250. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.coesh.2021.100250
Topic(s): Fire Ecology, Fire Effects, Fuels, Fuel Treatments & Effects, Prescribed Fire-use treatments
Ecosystem(s): None
Document Type: Book or Chapter or Journal Article
NRFSN number: 23251
FRAMES RCS number: 63019
Record updated: Jun 9, 2021