Beyond Smoke and Mirrors: a Synthesis of Fire Policy and Science

  title={Beyond Smoke and Mirrors: a Synthesis of Fire Policy and Science},
  author={Dominick A. Dellasala and Jack E. Williams and Cindy Deacon Williams and Jerry F. Franklin},
  journal={Conservation Biology},
Abstract:  Fire performs many beneficial ecosystem functions in dry forests and rangelands across much of North America. In the last century, however, the role of fire has been dramatically altered by numerous anthropogenic factors acting as root causes of the current fire crisis, including widespread logging, road building, fire suppression, habitat fragmentation, urban development, livestock grazing, and, more recently, climate change. The intensity and extent of fires in the western United… 

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