Testing a basic assumption of shrubland fire management: how important is fuel age?

  title={Testing a basic assumption of shrubland fire management: how important is fuel age?},
  author={Max A. Moritz and J. Keeley and E. Johnson and A. Schaffner},
  journal={Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment},
  • Max A. Moritz, J. Keeley, +1 author A. Schaffner
  • Published 2004
  • Environmental Science
  • Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment
  • This year's catastrophic wildfires in southern California highlight the need for effective planning and management for fire-prone landscapes. Fire frequency analysis of several hundred wildfires over a broad expanse of California shrublands reveals that there is generally not, as is commonly assumed, a strong relationship between fuel age and fire probabilities. Instead, the hazard of burning in most locations increases only moderately with time since the last fire, and a marked age effect of… CONTINUE READING
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