Fire burning in the Siskiyou Mountains, August 2017. 

Fire is as important as rain to many of the forests in the West. It has been an critical ecological process on Earth for over 400 million years. However, 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 fire: 1) support projects on private and public lands that restore resilient forests, 2) work to reduce flammable vegetation around communities, and 3) get fire back on the ground in controlled conditions.

Society is grappling with so many questions about fire in the West. What are the impacts of climate change on fires? How does logging before and after fires interact with future fires?  Will the forest grow back after fire? These and many other questions have been studied by researchers and we present some of the most important, reputable studies below.

Scientific Resources About Fire In Our Forests: 

 Climate Change Will Increase Fire Activity (The Journal 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 Severity (The Journal 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 Severity (Conservation Biology)

Guide to Creating a Defensible Space Around your Home:

Keep your home safe from Wildfire (OSU)


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