Fuel treatments and fire severity: A meta-analysis

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In this literature synthesis and meta-analysis, researchers found that the overall mean effect of fuel treatments on fire responses is large and significant, equating to a reduction in canopy volume scorch from 100% in an untreated stand to 40% in a treated stand, a reduction in scorch height from 30.5 m to 16.1 m, or an inferred reduction in flame length from 3.4 m to 2.1 m. But our synthesis demonstrates that fuel treatments vary widely in effectiveness, which is largely explained by vegetation and treatment type.

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