Forest fire prevention forces hard choices

Traditionally, our approach to post-burn landscapes is to salvage any remaining economic value from burned stands, often leaving logging slash and then replanting the site. This pattern simply perpetuates the problem.

 

By Robert Gray, fire ecologist
The Vancouver Sun
September 15, 2017

The area burned by wildfires this summer in B.C. is enormous by any measure. Over 1.2 million hectares as of Aug. 22, and there are still several weeks of fire season remaining. This wildfire season adds to an ever-increasing area burned over the past decade. Will we ever see an end to summers with this much area on fire? …A reasonable question is whether or not at some point will enough burned area actually start to impede fire activity? The answer depends on future climate and what we as society do with regard to vegetation and dead fuels.. … Traditionally, our approach to post-burn landscapes is to salvage any remaining economic value from burned stands, often leaving logging slash and then replanting the site. This pattern simply perpetuates the problem.

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