Lessons from the 2003 wildfires in southern California

Journal of Forestry
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The Southern California fires of late Oct. 2003 burned 742,000 ac and destroyed 3,361 homes and 26 lives. Factors leading up to this event were very different between forests, which comprised about 5% of the area burned, and shrublands. Three lessons are (1) although these fires were massive, they were not unprecedented, and future fires of this magnitude are to be expected; (2) the current fire management policy is not effective at preventing these massive fires; and (3) future developments need to plan for these natural fire events much the same way we currently incorporate engineering solutions to earthquakes and other natural catastrophes.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Lessons from the 2003 wildfires in southern California
Series title Journal of Forestry
DOI 10.1093/jof/102.7.26
Volume 102
Issue 7
Year Published 2004
Language English
Publisher Oxford Academic
Contributing office(s) Western Ecological Research Center
Description 6 p.
First page 26
Last page 31
Country United States
State California
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