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Review of fuel treatment effectiveness in forests and rangelands and a case study from the 2007 megafires in central, Idaho, USA

Informally Refereed
Authors: Andrew T. Hudak, Ian Rickert, Penelope Morgan, Eva Strand, Sarah A. Lewis, Peter R. Robichaud, Chad Hoffman, Zachary A. Holden
Year: 2011
Type: General Technical Report (GTR)
Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
DOI: https://doi.org/10.2737/RMRS-GTR-252
Source: Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-252. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 60 p.

Abstract

This report provides managers with the current state of knowledge regarding the effectiveness of fuel treatments for mitigating severe wildfire effects. A literature review examines the effectiveness of fuel treatments that had been previously applied and were subsequently burned through by wildfire in forests and rangelands. A case study focuses on WUI fuel treatments that were burned in the 2007 East Zone and Cascade megafires in central Idaho. Both the literature review and case study results support a manager consensus that forest thinning followed by some form of slash removal is most effective for reducing subsequent wildfire severity.

Keywords

fire severity, fuel treatment, National Fire Plan, post-fire effects, wildland-urban interface (WUI)

Citation

Hudak, Andrew T.; Rickert, Ian; Morgan, Penelope; Strand, Eva; Lewis, Sarah A.; Robichaud, Peter R.; Hoffman, Chad; Holden, Zachary A. 2011. Review of fuel treatment effectiveness in forests and rangelands and a case study from the 2007 megafires in central, Idaho, USA. Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-252. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 60 p.
Citations
https://www.fs.usda.gov/research/treesearch/37405