The science of fuel treatments
Document Type: Fact Sheet / Brief / Bulletin
Author(s): John Hall; Ed Brunson
Publication Year: 2017

Cataloging Information

  • fire severity
  • fuel loads
  • fuel treatments
  • thinning
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Record Last Modified: November 14, 2017
FRAMES Record Number: 25217


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.

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Hall, John; Brunson, Ed. 2017. The science of fuel treatments. Joint Fire Science Program. 2 p.