Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research
A management strategy for re-introducing fire back into forest ecosystems of the Southwest is to let fires continue burning under strictly controlled conditions, that is, not to suppress them immediately. This strategy has been called "let burn."
- Read on for examples of let burning:
- Forest fires spreading in New Mexico; officials allow burns to clear overgrowth: This Arizona Daily Star 1997 article describes a Forest Service decision not to suppress a wildfire, but rather to let it burn to meet various management objectives. (295-word html file)
- 'Real threat' turns friendlier: This 2010 Arizona Daily Star article describes a Forest Service decision to monitor a wildfire in the Chiricahuas, rather than suppress it entirely.
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