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Definition: The study of how often fires have occurred in a given geographical area.
(Pacific Biodiversity Institute/Fire Research And Management Exchange System)

Historical data are increasingly seen as critical information for contemporary management of National Forests, National Parks, and other public lands. Fire history research provides opportunities for understanding the natural range of variability in fire frequency, severity, extent, and spatial complexity, as well as the role of fire in ecosystems and the feedbacks that link fire, climate, vegetation, and management decisions. The data provide managers with both models of long-term ecosystem behavior with which to assess the degree and nature of departure in current conditions, and direction and justification for restoration efforts, fuels treatments, and other management projects.

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International Multiproxy Paleofire Database

The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Centers for Environmental Information Paleoclimatology team hosts the International Multiproxy Paleofire Database (IMPD), an archive of fire history data derived from natural proxies such as tree scars and charcoal and sediment records.

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