Fire narratives: are any accurate?

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Over the past decade, the overarching American wildfire narrative has become fairly focused on three dynamics: fuels buildup due to suppression, climate change, and the expanding wildland-urban interface (WUI). But what are these narratives based on? There is a fair bit of research and debate as to when and where fuel overloading and climate change will have the most influence, in fact too much to be easily citable here. However, according to research for a paper being developed by Sarah McCaffrey, Matt Thompson (RMRS), and Courtney Schultz (CSU), few data support the WUI story. Specifically, only limited data support the arguments for why and how the WUI is contributing to the wildfire problem.