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Fuel Management's Potential for Reducing Frequency of Large Fires in the Northern Rockies

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The probability of a fire becoming large is strongly influenced by the fuel in which it originates--the most important fuel properties are those which influence rate of spread. In the Northern Region of the National Forest System, regionwide hazard reduction could reasonably be expected to halve both the number of, and area burned by, fires exceeding 300 acres. For specific sites, the potential value of hazard-reduction treatment depends on the spread rate characteristics of the current fuel and the ignition frequency. From four to several hundred acres must be protected to save a single acre from burning.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Associate Professor of Forestry, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff

Publication date: February 1, 1982

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.
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