Angeles Fuels Program
This video explores what makes a fire in the West unique, and demonstrates the importance and benefits of healthy fire to forest ecosystems.
The Angeles National Forest Fuels program mission is to manage fuels at the landscape scale to restore and maintain fire-resilient landscapes that are compatible with their historical fire return interval, a core goal of the Cohesive Strategy.
This is achieved through:
Fuels smolder after a fuel reduction project in 2018 (USDA Forest Service Photo by Keila Vizcarra).
Fuel Treatments using mechanical, biological, or other non-fire methods
A variety of methods can be used to change vegetation composition, structure, and ladder fuels, which will help reduce fire hazards. These include mechanical thinning, clearing debris in forests or mowing in rangelands, among others. The opportunities include using timber markets to offset costs of mechanical fuels, using mechanical (mowing), chemical (herbicide) or biological control (grazing). The advantage of these methods is that they offer greater control over the outcome and reduce the risk of unintended consequences. The disadvantage is that these usually have a higher economic cost, but in some cases, the costs can be offset by active economic markets for the byproducts of the treatment.
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Alerts & Warnings
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