Fire operations-prescribed burning combo reduces wildfire severity up to 72%

July 14, 2021 7:11 pm


Firefighters battling wildfires in the western United States use a variety of suppression tactics to get the flames under control. Prescribed burns, or controlled fires intentionally set to clear shrubs and forest litter before a wildfire ever ignites, can make fire suppression operations almost three times as effective in limiting wildfire severity, according to a new study.

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