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Introduction

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Since the beginning of this century several contributing factors have changed the natural fire regimes of the past. The main factor is human influence on the environment. Various federal and state agencies initiated suppression of wildfires, because at the time they thought it was the best way to preserve the natural state of federally owned lands. This allowed for a dangerous amount of fuel loading to occur. Due to this regime, the natural balance had been disturbed. It is only after the last decade of intense fire damage and billions of dollars being spent, that the idea of a more natural fire regime being used to control fuels.

A person must first understand the process of wildland fire and fuels. Afterwards, tools such as remote sensing and GIS can be used to analyze large areas of land and urban interface to try to alleviate some of the issues of a major wildland fire. This module is an introduction to wildland fire behavior.