Evolving Risk in Public and Firefighter Safety

Build Fire-Permeable landscapes in the west

We need to build a fire permeable landscape in the west. We need to use fire to restore forest resiliency and to use zoning and building codes to reduce flammability of structures. For example, in ponderosa pine and mixed conifer, let wildfire do the work in remote landscapes, use controlled fire to reduce surface and ladder fuels near towns and finally do mechanical treatment in the backyards. Combine these approaches to move land use toward fire permeability in the WUI, in managed forests and in remote landscapes.

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