Fighting fire with fire has been given the green light by a new study of techniques used to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires. And with a rise in wildfires predicted in many parts of the country, researchers say controlled burns and other treatments to manage this risk should be stepped up.
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A prescribed fire in the central Sierra Nevada is set to reduce fuel that could otherwise feed a catastrophic wildfire. Jason Moghaddas photo. The paper, published in the June issue of the peer-reviewed journal BioScience , and led by researchers at UC Berkeley, synthesizes 20 years of research throughout the country on the ecological impact of reducing forest wildfire risk through controlled burns and tree thinning. It comes as California braces for a potentially bad fire season, particularly in the southern Sierra where precipitation was half its normal level.
The study authors, which included scientists from the U. Forest Service and six research universities in the United States and Australia, relied upon data from the U. Fire and Fire Surrogates Study, in addition to a wide range of other studies.
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Together, the studies represented a broad spectrum of ecological markers, detailing the effects of fuel-reduction treatments on wildlife, vegetation, bark beetles, soil properties and carbon sequestration. The results of this paper may help inform an analysis of one of the larger prescribed fires in the history of the U. Forest Service. Forest Service and an associate professor in forest ecology at UC Davis. If done properly where surface fuels are reduced, treatments work. A masticator is used to mechanically thin a mixed-conifer forest in the central Sierra Nevada. Knowing when to let fires burn is the difference between success and failure says billionaire entrepreneur Reid Hoffman in the latest episode of Masters of Scale.
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