Wildland Fire

Few issues are as volatile as wildland fire and how authorities attempt to manage it.  Fire has been burning across landscapes for millions of years, releasing nutrients, rejuvenating forests, creating vegetative mosaics, and wildlife habitat diversity.  Burgeoning humanity and its distribution across landscapes set the tone for philosophical clashes about how fire should be “managed.” Information and different perspectives on this topic can be found in the documents below.  

  1. Area Burned in western US is unaffected by recent pine beetle outbreak
  2. Cohen 2010 WUI Fire Problem-Rocky Mountain Research Station
  3. Do insect outbreaks increase fire likelihood
  4. Fire probability fuel treatment effectiveness and ecological tradeoffs in western US Public Forests
  5. Fire Research University of Colorado-Area burned unaffected by pine beetle
  6. Hutto et al 2016 – Towards a more ecologically informed view of severe forest fires
  7. Kauffman 2004 – Death Rides the Forest: Perceptions of fire, land use, and ecological restoration
  8. Pine beetle out break suppression – Does science support current policy?
  9. LA Times 9-11-2019 Fire-A Home Ignition Problem
  10. Scientist_Letter_Postfire_2013