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The hidden consequences of fire suppression. Park Science


Miller, Carol. 2012. The hidden consequences of fire suppression. Park Science. 28(3). Online: http://www.nature.nps.gov/ParkScience/index.cfm?ArticleID=547&Page=1.

Wilderness managers need a way to quantify and monitor the effects of suppressing lightning-caused wildfires, which can alter natural fire regimes, vegetation, and habitat. Using computerized models of fire spread, weather, and fuels, it is now possible to quantify many of the hidden consequences of fire suppression. Case study watersheds in Yosemite and Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks were used to simulate where fires might have spread if they had not been suppressed, and what effects those fires would have had on fuels.

Keywords: fire suppression, fire use, simulation modeling


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Electronic Publish Date: March 22, 2012
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