Action: Use prescribed burning to reduce potential for large wild fires
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- We found no studies that evaluated the effects of using prescribed burning to reduce the potential for large wild fires on shrublands.
'We found no studies’ means that we have not yet found any studies that have directly evaluated this action during our systematic journal and report searches. Therefore we have been unable to assess whether or not the action is effective or has any harmful impacts. Please get in touch if you know of such a study for this action.
Prescribed burning has often been used in an attempt to reduce the hazard to human life and property that may be associated with large wildfires (Fernandes & Botelho 2003). However, prescribed burning may also be used in an attempt to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire that could result in the loss of shrubland habitat.
Fernandes, P. M., & Botelho, H. S. (2003). A review of prescribed burning effectiveness in fire hazard reduction. International Journal of wildland fire, 12(2), 117-128.