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Forest fuel management

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Smoldering of Wood: Effects of Wind and Fuel Geometry

Year of Publication
2024
Publication Type

Large and downed woody fuels remaining behind a wildfire’s flame front tend to burn in a smoldering regime, producing large quantities of toxic gases and particulate emissions, which deteriorates air quality and compromises human health. Smoldering burning rates are affected by fuel type and size, the amount of oxygen reaching the surface, and heat losses to the surroundings.

Planning for future fire: Scenario analysis of an accelerated fuel reduction plan for the western United States

Year of Publication
2021
Publication Type

Recent fire seasons brought a new fire reality to the western US, and motivated federal agencies to explore scenarios for augmenting current fuel management and forest restoration in areas where fires might threatencritical resources and developed areas. To support this effort, we modeled the scheduling of an accelerated forest and fuel management scenario on 76 western US national forests.

Estimating Consumption and Remaining Carbon in Burned Slash Piles

Year of Publication
2012
Publication Type

Fuel reduction treatments to reduce fire risk have become commonplace in the fire adapted forests of western North America. These treatments generate significant woody debris, or slash, and burning this material in piles is a common and inexpensive approach to reducing fuel loads.