Chapter

Fanning the Flames

Sara E. Jensen and Guy R. McPherson

in Living with Fire

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9780520255890
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520942516 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520255890.003.0003
Fanning the Flames

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This chapter presents some of the ways human activities have changed western fire regimes. The fire suppression policies of federal agencies resulted in a heavy accumulation of fuels in forests. One example is fire-suppression fuel buildups based on the study of ponderosa pine forests. In other ecosystems, suppression policy plays only a minor role in creating fires. The major anthropogenic factors that cause changing fire regimes are: global climate change, unrestrained development in the wildland-urban interface, inappropriate logging and grazing practices, and the introductions of nonnative species.

Keywords: human activities; fire regimes; fire suppression; fuel buildups; climate change; logging; grazing; nonnative species

Chapter.  6783 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Animal Pathology and Diseases

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