Stand- and landscape-level effects of prescribed burning on two Arizona wildfires
The authors examined the effects of prescribed fires on subsequent fire behavior and fire severity one to nine years prior to the Rodeo-Chediski fire.
The authors found that prescribed fire treatment effectiveness at reducing future fire severity diminished as time since fire increased. The size of the treatment was also related to its effectiveness at reducing future fire severity so that larger treatments reduced severity to a greater extent. Fire severity in untreated areas was significantly higher than in treated areas across all sites.