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Engaging the fire before it starts: A case study from the 2017 Pinal Fire (Arizona)Author(s): Christopher D. O’Connor; David E. Calkin
Source: Wildfire. 28(1): 14-18.
Publication Series: Magazines or Trade Publications
Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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DescriptionHow did the forest and community get to the point where they were willing to take on managing a fire of this size and duration for resource benefit and hazard reduction? Science has recognized for decades that many forested ecosystems of the American West are shifting away from historically fire-adapted conditions. Beginning in the 1970’s a small handful of managers recognized this issue and developed wildland fire use concepts. However, in the current era of increasing encroachment of human development, climate change, and accumulated fuels, uncertain outcomes have emphasized the default response of aggressive suppression.
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CitationO’Connor, Christopher D.; Calkin, David E. 2019. Engaging the fire before it starts: A case study from the 2017 Pinal Fire (Arizona). Wildfire. 28(1): 14-18.
Keywordswildfire risk assessment, hazards, management, fire response
- Changing research needs in wilderness fire
- Fire in southern forest landscapes
- Preface: Special issue on wildland fires
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