UBC Undergraduate Research

A brief overview of fire suppression and fuel mitigation Liu, Charmaine


This essay reviews how fire is an integral component of the ecosystem, and how fire suppression has affected the forested landscape as a result of altering natural fire regimes. This essay will expand on current fuel mitigation treatments used in the United States by reviewing the effectiveness of mechanical harvesting, prescribed burns, and the combination treatment of mechanical harvesting and prescribed burns discussed in the National Fire and Fire Surrogate Study. Current fuel mitigation treatments will be reviewed with regards to climate change in British Columbia, a massive forested landscape that has experienced decades of fire suppression, and how climate change affects fuel mitigation treatments, with the hope to encourage further discussion, research, and ongoing programs that implement fuel management techniques with regards to climate change.

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