Two case studies examine FireSmart effectiveness

By Anna Kroupina

Aug 01, 2017
Crows News Pass Herald

FireSmart Canada strongly recommends managing vegetation around one’s yard and home as a way to mitigate the risk of wildfire. FPInnovations conducted two case studies in 2005 and 2007 in natural pine stands of the Northwest Territories to evaluate FireSmart treatments and the effectiveness of thinning crown lines and removing surface fuel. …The study noted that while drastic change were observed in fire behaviours, the treatments did not stop the fire or the spread completely, so thinning should be considered a risk-reduction technique, not a fire prevention technique.

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