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Policy Solutions

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/9780520255890.003.0007
Policy Solutions

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This chapter examines fire policy in the United States from 1995 to 2000 and describes the social and political problems caused by failed policies. It also recommends new directions for fire management. It suggests the development of a consistent national-level fire policy that should explicitly replace previous policies. This policy prioritizes the protection of firefighters and public safety, the maintenance and restoration of biological diversity, and the protection of property from fire through managing fuels directly adjacent to flammable structures. It also suggests the application of more useful management tools and that a national fire policy must have a clear and effective mechanism for delegating local fire-management decisions to local managers and citizens.

Keywords: fire policy; fire management; public safety; biological diversity; fuels; management tools

Chapter.  4639 words. 

Subjects: Animal Pathology and Diseases

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