Monday, June 13, 2016

Continuing the Discussion about the Changing Paradigm of "Managing" Fires

The 30,357-acre Juniper Fire near Young, AZ.  Photo: Payson Roundup 
We continue to monitor the outcomes of several fires around the west which teams are "managing" for a variety of benefits.  As discussed in earlier blog posts, these include: firefighter safety, community protection and public safety, reduction of fuel loads, restoration of the landscape, reducing impact of future high intensity fires, and other natural resource and species habitat goals.
The conversation continues this week.  In this article by Pete Aleshire, he references multiple studies that support this shift in fire and forest management. 
"One international study concluded that many forest managers will have to drastically change policies to use wildfire as a tool to maintain forest health and diversity, especially in the face of a projected rise in average global temperatures," Aleshire writes. 
Alehsire also states, "The rapidly evolving approach toward wildfires also reflects a much broader realization that many regions must learn to live with fire rather than always rush to battle the flames...The shift in the use of wildfires to manage the forest in the U.S. now provides an example of the kind of shift in approach the studies suggest."

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