Not All Fires Are Wild: Understanding Fire and Its Use as a Management Tool

Janean Creighton, Rebecca Wolf, Carrie Berger and Christine Olsen
EM 9114 | Published May 2015, Reviewed 2019


Fire is an important natural disturbance that helps maintain the health and diversity of our forests and grasslands. Wildfires, however, are behaving differently than historically described due to a number of factors, including human actions. Prescribed fire is one of the many tools available to help maintain healthy, resilient forests. Carefully managed prescribed fire can help maintain fire’s natural role across the landscape and reduce the hazard of catastrophic wildfire caused by excessive fuel buildup.

About the authors

Rebecca Wolf
Professional Science Master’s Program
Christine Olsen
Research associate
Oregon State University

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