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    Author(s): Robert E. Martin; David B. Sapsis
    Date: 1995
    Source: In: Weise, David R.; Martin, Robert E., technical coordinators. The Biswell symposium: fire issues and solutions in urban interface and wildland ecosystems; February 15-17, 1994; Walnut Creek, California. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-158. Albany, CA: Pacific Southwest Research Station, Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture; p. 35-38
    Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
    Station: Pacific Southwest Research Station
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    Wildland fires have occurred for centuries in North America and other selected countries and can be segregated into three periods: prehistoric (presuppression) fires, suppression period fires, and fire management period fires. Prehistoric fires varied in size and damage but were probably viewed fatalistically. Suppression period fires were based on policy that excluded fire from many ecosystems where it played an important role; the view of fire as an undesirable wildland disturbance was fostered during this period. Recognition of fire’s roles led to a managed use of fire; however, large and disastrous fires still occur because of large fuel accumulations during the fire suppression period.

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    Martin, Robert E.; Sapsis, David B. 1995. A synopsis of large or disastrous wildland fires. In: Weise, David R.; Martin, Robert E., technical coordinators. The Biswell symposium: fire issues and solutions in urban interface and wildland ecosystems; February 15-17, 1994; Walnut Creek, California. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-158. Albany, CA: Pacific Southwest Research Station, Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture; p. 35-38

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