Harbour, Tom Fire and Aviation Management Division, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Washington, DC.
- Nature of fire
- Types of forest fires
- Research and value
- Four stages of wildfire
- Prevention, detection, mitigation, and suppression
- Links to Primary Literature
- Additional Readings
Uncontrolled combustion of forest fuels or vegetation. The terms forest fire, bushfire, wildland fire, and wildfire are used interchangeably and refer to all unplanned fires that burn surface fuels or vegetation (such as grasses, weeds, brush, chaparral, tundra, forests, and woodlands). Forest fires can damage or destroy homes as a consequence, but they are differentiated from fires that occur in buildings or other constructed improvements. Forest fires happen everywhere in the world, except in those places where water, snow, or ice is found throughout the year. Additionally, land management officials may plan the use of fire on landscapes as a tool to accomplish objectives, including restoration of forests to more natural conditions. See also: Fire; Forest and forestry; Forest ecosystem; Forest management
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