Char Rates Under Design Fire Scenarios

[Research In Progress] Removing woody biomass from the Nation’s forests can reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires and create healthy, resilient ecosystems. In a report from the Forest Service on the rising cost of wildfire operations, the Forest Service spent over a billion dollars fighting forest fires in 2012 and the cost of fire suppression is projected to rise to 1.8 billion dollars by 2025. In addition to fire suppression costs, intense catastrophic fires can alter forest soil, cause significant erosion, and emit carbon dioxide and particulate matter into the environment. Research has shown that removing biomass from forests (thinning) can reduce the risk of wildfires. However, the costs of thinning can exceed the value of the thinned wood, making it…

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