Fire and Fuel Management

Sue Husari, H. Thomas Nichols, Neil G. Sugihara and Scott L. Stephens

in Fire in California's Ecosystems

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9780520246058
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520932272 | DOI:
Fire and Fuel Management

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This chapter presents an overview of basic fuel management concepts. It discusses the setting in which fuel management programs operate within the various land management agencies and fire departments in California’s diverse wildfire environment. Fuel characteristics that are typically manipulated are fuel quantity, fuel size, packing ratio, surface fuel, crown fuel, horizontal fuel continuity, vertical fuel continuity and ladder fuel. Mechanical fuel treatments include forest thinning, mastication, and grazing. The future of fuel management in California, and its implementation at a level of activity that significantly reduces hazardous amounts of wildland fuel and restores and maintains healthy ecosystems, will require state, local, and federal fire managers to work more closely with the citizens of California. The selection of fuel management techniques is further complicated by how the land is used and how many people live nearby.

Keywords: fire; fuel management; California; wildfire environment; forest thinning; mastication; grazing

Chapter.  14286 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Animal Pathology and Diseases

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