A Land Manager's Guide for Creating Fire-resistant Forests

TitleA Land Manager's Guide for Creating Fire-resistant Forests
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsFitzgerald, S, Bennett, M
Series TitleFire & Fuels Field Applications
Date Published09/2013
InstitutionOregon State University Extension & the Northwest Fire Science Consortium
Keywordsextension publications and factsheets, fuels and fuel treatments

This publication provides an overview of how various silvicultural treatments affect
fuel and fire behavior, and how to create fire-resistant forests. In properly
treated, fire-resistant forests, fire intensity is reduced and overstory trees
are more likely to survive than in untreated forests. Fire-resistant forests
are not “fireproof” – under the right conditions, any forest will burn. Much of
what we present here is pertinent to the drier forests of the Pacific Northwest,
which have become extremely dense and fire prone