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Fire, Volume 1, Issue 2 (September 2018)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) The increasing incidence of catastrophic wildfires in temperate regions, in close proximity to [...] Read more. The increasing incidence of catastrophic wildfires in temperate regions, in close proximity to human settlements, poses a significant threat to lives and property. Prescribed fire is the commonly promoted method of reducing wildfire risk, but it affects public health in local communities through smoke exposure. However, there is potential to implement alternative fire management approaches that help lower the risk of ecologically and economically damaging wildfires, while reducing smoke emissions. These methods include green fire breaks, mechanical thinning and associated production of bioenergy, and careful application of targeted prescribed fire. Two similar landscapes, Vancouver Island in Canada, and Tasmania in Australia, have applied these techniques in wildfire management, which can reduce emissions and create sustainable, biodiverse landscapes. View Paper here.