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Researchers from Fire Sciences Laboratory Provide Details of New Studies and Findings in the Area of General Science

February 21, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Science Letter -- New research on Science is the subject of a report. According to news originating from Missoula, Montana, by NewsRx correspondents, research stated, "Recent fire seasons in the western United States are some of the most damaging and costly on record. Wildfires in the wildland-urban interface on the Colorado Front Range, resulting in thousands of homes burned and civilian fatalities, although devastating, are not without historical reference."

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from Fire Sciences Laboratory, "These fires are consistent with the characteristics of large, damaging, interface fires that threaten communities across much of the western United States. Wildfires are inevitable, but the destruction of homes, ecosystems, and lives is not. We propose the principles of risk analysis to provide land management agencies, first responders, and affected communities who face the inevitability of wildfires the ability to reduce the potential for loss."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "Overcoming perceptions of wildland-urban interface fire disasters as a wildfire control problem rather than a home ignition problem, determined by home ignition conditions, will reduce home loss."

For more information on this research see: How risk management can prevent future wildfire disasters in the wildland-urban interface. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 2014;111(2):746-751. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America can be contacted at: Natl Acad Sciences, 2101 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20418, USA. (National Academy of Sciences - www.nasonline.org/; Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America - www.nasonline.org/publications/pnas/)

The news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained from D.E. Calkin, US Forest Serv, Fire Sci Lab, Rocky Mt Res Stn, Missoula, MT 59808, United States. Additional authors for this research include J.D. Cohen, M.A. Finney and M.P. Thompson (see also Science).

Keywords for this news article include: Montana, Science, Missoula, United States, North and Central America

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