The Science of Fuel Treatments

TitleThe Science of Fuel Treatments
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2017
Date Published11/2017
Keywordsfire science exchange network, fuels and fuel treatments, jfsp fire science briefs and digests

High fuel loads can significantly contribute to the intensity and severity of fires. Fuels include plant material, such as leaves, bark, needles, branches, and vegetation. Land managers use various methods to reduce fuel levels. The two most common fuel treatment methods include forest thinning and prescribed fire. The pace of implementing such fuel treatments has increased over the last several decades. Scientific studies of fuel treatments supported by the Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) highlight significant findings on the effectiveness of these treatments in various fuel types.