Fire is as important to many forests as is rain. It has been an critical ecological process on Earth for over 400 million years. Living with fire can be difficult and even terrifying if you are near an active fire. There is much we can do to protect homes and communities from burning. KS Wild encourages projects on private and public lands that restore resilient forests, work toward reducing flammable vegatation around homes, and gets fire back on the ground in controlled conditions.
But we have so many questions about fire. We have learned quite a bit about the impacts of fire, and what affects management has on fire. How does logging interact with fires? What are the impacts of climate change on fires? Will the forest grow back? These and many other questions have been studied by researchers and we present some important studies below.
We do know that calls for gutting environmental laws and opening up forests to unregulated older forest logging to stop fire are misguided, will only make fires more severe, and sacrifice our shared natural heritage.
Scientific Resources About Fire In Our Forests:
Climate Change Will Increase Fire Risk (Science)
Impact of Climate Change on Western Wildfire (National Academy of Sciences)
Strategic Thinning Done Right Can Reduce Fire Risk (Journal of Wildland Fire)
Post Fire Logging Increases Fire Risk (Science)
After Fire Forests Grow Back Naturally (Journal of Forestry)
The Ecology of Mixed Fire Severity Forests (Forest Ecology and Management)
Creating Defensible Space Around Homes Works (Journal of Wildland Fire)
Converting Forests to Tree Plantations Increases Fire Risk (Conservation Biology)