Controlled Burns Found Effective in Reducing Wildfire Risks, Study Shows
Grist reported on a study from Stanford University revealing the effectiveness of controlled burns in reducing the risk of high-intensity wildfires. Data scientist Xaio Wu and his colleagues analyzed 20 years of California wildfire data, finding that low-intensity fires, known as prescribed burns, lowered the chances of high-intensity fires by 64 percent in the first year and provided protection for up to six years. The study supports the use of controlled burns as a forest management tool, emphasizing the need to increase their scale in California to prevent catastrophic wildfires. The research suggests a shift from reactive firefighting to proactive use of natural and controlled fires to enhance forest resilience and address climate change-related challenges.