Forest fires: An example of self-organized critical behavior

@article{Malamud1998ForestFA,
  title={Forest fires: An example of self-organized critical behavior},
  author={Malamud and Morein and Turcotte},
  journal={Science},
  year={1998},
  volume={281 5384},
  pages={
          1840-2
        }
}
Despite the many complexities concerning their initiation and propagation, forest fires exhibit power-law frequency-area statistics over many orders of magnitude. A simple forest fire model, which is an example of self-organized criticality, exhibits similar behavior. One practical implication of this result is that the frequency-area distribution of small and medium fires can be used to quantify the risk of large fires, as is routinely done for earthquakes. 

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