|Post Rim Fire in Yosemite. Source: Reed Crane, USFS|
"Fuels and terrain were the major factors contributing to the severity of the forest fire," said Lucas Harris, graduate student at Penn State. "The only one of these that can be controlled is the fuel."
To mitigate the situation, the researchers suggest that it might take multiple low to moderate severity controlled burns to restore the forest to one that self-regulates through natural periodic fires in small areas.
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