Apr 1, 2015
Large Wildfires in Forests: What Can be Done?
- States that today less than 2% of fire ignitions account for more than 96% of burn area, which means 98% of all fires are successfully put out
- States that the few fires that escape usually occur during extreme weather or in heavy fuels, or in some cases when lightning storms ignite hundreds or thousands of fires in 1-2 days
- Finds that under extreme weather conditions fires can grow rapidly and become virtually unstoppable until there is a substantial change in weather or fuel conditions