Fuels management can be a big help in dealing with wildfires

By Daniel Leavell, Oregon State University
Herald and News
October 8, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Danial Leavell

I have been teaching about fire in one form or another since 2012 and continue today. That 44-year period is nothing compared to geologic time, but it has had an impression on me. Overall, I have observed temperatures getting hotter earlier in the year, rising higher during the summer and remaining hotter later in the year. …We can use science to manage fires to increase firefighter and public safety, foster forest health, promote fire resiliency and nurture wildlife habitat — while improving economic opportunities that will bring jobs. Or, we can let it burn hot and let it go up in smoke. We can never stop all wildland fires through responsible forest management or otherwise. But, responsible forest management reduces wildland fire risks and hazards. It also reduces fire intensity and severity when they burn in fire-adapted, fire-prone environments.

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