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Forest and Wildland Fire Science Synthesis: Sierra Nevada by Chad Hanson, Ph.D. - Updated Aug. 28, 2013

Scientific Evidence Contradicts Prevailing Assumptions about Fire and Western U.S. Forests by Chad Hanson, Ph.D.

What America’s top scientists are saying about the ecological importance of post-fire habitat, and the harm caused by post-fire logging

Logging Industry Misleads on Climate and Forest Fires by Chad Hanson, Ph.D.



"The home ignition zone extends to a few tens of meters around a home not hundreds of meters or beyond. Home ignitions and thus, the W-UI fire loss problem principally depend on home ignitability. Wildland fuel reduction beyond the home ignition zone does not necessarily change home ignitability; therefore, wildland fuel reduction does not necessarily mitigate the W-UI fire loss problem."

Cohen, Jack D. 2000. What is the Fire Threat to Homes?

"The evidence suggests that wildland fuel reduction for reducing home losses may be inefficient and ineffective: inefficient because wildland fuel reduction for several 100 meters or more around homes is greater than necessary for reducing ignitions from flames; ineffective because it does not sufficiently reduce firebrand ignitions."

Cohen, Jack D. 1999. Reducing the Wildland Fire Threat to Homes: Where and How Much? USDA Forest Service Gen.Tech.Rep. PSW-GTR-173. 1999.