Fact Sheet: Managing Naturally Ignited Wildland Fire to Meet Fuel Reduction and Restoration Goals in Frequent-Fire Forests

Fact Sheet April 2014 Cover

Fire is a key process that has played a central role in structuring and regulating the function of forest ecosystems over millennia. There is increasing inter-est in using fire, particularly nat-urally ignited wildland fires (Figure 1), to provide a cost-effective alternative, or comple-ment, to mechanical thinning. However, more information about the efficacy of wildfire providing ecological, economic, and social benefits is needed. This fact sheet provides a brief overview of policy guidelines, benefits, costs, and constraints for managing naturally ignited wildland fire in order to meet fuels reduction and restoration objectives. 

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