"Wild Card" Issues

Communicating the science behind fuel treatment efficacy

Calkin etal, 2014 PNAS state: Low-elevation forests are amenable to treatments that supplement the ecological dependency on fire and also mitigate effects and spread of wildfires under extreme conditions. Fires in grasslands, shrub lands and high elevation forests do not offer mitigation opportunities that align easily with ecological requirements. With such vegetation imposed constraints on landscape management, the remaining options for risk mitigation are those that protect structures and improve community preparedness for inevitable extreme fire behavior and effects

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