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    Author(s): Robert E. Keane
    Date: 2019
    Source: In: Manzello, Samuel L., ed. Encyclopedia of Wildfires and Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) Fires. Cham, Switzerland: Springer. 6 p.
    Publication Series: Book Chapter
    Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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    Wildland fuelbeds are diverse collections of biomass categorized specifically to compute fire behavior and effects. When wildland fuelbeds are created by solely “natural” processes, fire scientists, and managers often refer to these as natural fuels (Fig. 1). NWCG (2018) defines natural fuels as fuels resulting from natural processes and not directly generated or altered by land management practices. However, when humans have a direct impact of fuelbed conditions, such as after timber harvest activities, forest thinnings, and fuel treatments, these are called activity fuels (Fig. 2) - please see the contribution on activity fuels. This is one of the many dichotomies that wildland fuel specialists use to describe the subtle differences across fuelbeds.

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    Keane, Robert E. 2019. Natural fuels. In: Manzello, Samuel L., ed. Encyclopedia of Wildfires and Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) Fires. Cham, Switzerland: Springer. 6 p.

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    Keywords

    wildland fire, disturbance, fire ecology, ecosystems, non activity fuels

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