Controlled Fires Cut Wildfire Risk by 60%, Study Shows

This article is reposted from www.usnews.com, you can view the original article here By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2023 (HealthDay News) — Controlled forest burns can prevent the sort of high-intensity wildfires that have plagued the Western U.S. and Canada as a result of climate change, a new study argues. A low-intensity […]

PRESCRIBED BURNING: CHALLENGING BUT NECESSARY

By Mark Buckbee, CHF Education Director In late May 2023, a US Forest Service prescribed (managed) burn on the Willamette National Forest jumped control lines, making news throughout western Oregon. The project was planned as a 65-acre managed burn to reduce fuels in a thinned stand of trees. According to the Forest Service, the fuels […]

PROTECTING OUR FORESTS: WILDFIRES ARE THE REAL THREAT

If the goal is really to reduce net carbon emissions and address climate change, one of the best things we can do is to actively manage forests to reduce risks of massive carbon-emitting wildfires, and to store carbon in long-lived wood products. Rob Freres | https://frereswood.com/ | August 28, 2023 This article was written in […]

Column: Poor forest management fuels wildfires

Tom Kress, Douglas County Commissioner | Jun 21, 2023 Wildfires have become increasingly devastating in recent years, ravaging massive areas of land, destroying homes and businesses, and endangering lives. I wanted to take a moment to address and offer a chance for our residents to hear the other side of the story when it comes […]

Editorial: Count trees before and after the wildfires

Talk about busy work. The U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management are counting the number of old-growth and “mature” trees on federal land. Editorial | capitalpress.com | May 4, 2023 Federal forest managers need to be allowed to manage the forests, not count the trees to “protect.”Inciweb A thought: These two agencies are […]

Climate Change, Megafires Crush Forest Regeneration

High-intensity fires in western states kill mature trees and their seeds while warmer, drier conditions stress seedlings. But forest managers can still intervene to change this trajectory. By Nancy Averett| eos.org | 28 April 2023 Warmer and drier climate conditions in western U.S. forests are making it harder for trees to regrow after wildfires, according to […]

The Smoke Dilemma

As wood burns, many chemicals such as carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, methane, nitrous oxide, and ozone are released. For people with respiratory health issues, the biggest concern with smoke is particles 2.5 microns or smaller (approximately 1/30th the diameter of a human hair), commonly called PM 2.5. These particles, when inhaled, can travel deep into […]

Why Our Forests Need a Trim

How often do you get your hair cut? Odds are you go every couple of months—maybe in the depths of the Covid pandemic, you stretched it to half a year before it became unmanageable. What if you had to wait 10 years for your next trip to the barber? If we won’t wait a decade […]

<a href="https://wildfiretoday.com/2023/02/15/to-thin-or-not-to-thin-its-really-not-a-question/">To thin or not to thin … it’s really not a question</a>

Fire science and experience over decades of research and field practice have settled on a major prevention tool: fuels reduction. Author Kelly Andersson | https://wildfiretoday.com/tag/thinning/ | Posted on February 15, 2023 The largest wildfires in the West — often called mega-fires — have increased in both size and number in recent years. The fire season […]