Scott L. Stephens, Malcolm P. North, and Brandon M. Collins

Action Bioscience

Published date April 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