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Fire Science
A look at the evolution and history of fire science in the United States.
# 148902 | 1,265 words | 3 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Nov 13, 2011 in Environmental Studies (General)

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This paper examines changing wilderness fire policy in the US and contends that wilderness fire research has to funded in an ongoing manner so as to enable research and public education concerning the benefits that wilderness ecosystems derived from fire. This paper contains two figures.

1896 National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Established
Wilderness Act Of 1964
History of Wilderness Fire Policy- The Beginning: 1910
Policy Shift In 1968
Missoula: 1983
Federal Wildland Fire Management Policy & Program Review
2001 Review of Fire Policy
Summary and Conclusion

From the Paper:

"According to James K. Agee ( ) Wilderness fire science "Wilderness fire has presented both managers and scientists with considerable challenges over the 30 years that wilderness fire programs have been operational. Wilderness fire, in its purest form, should be "wild" fire: unfettered by the constraints of humans. We have never prescribed a "let-it-blow policy for tornadoes and hurricanes, a "let-it-erupt" policy for volcanoes or a "let-it-grind" policy for glaciers. Why, then, did we need a "let-it-burn" policy for fires, or surrogate strategies like prescribed fire? Humans and fire have an inseparable history." (p.5) Agee states that the classical view of the succession of plants "...persisted much of the 20th century: the Clementsian view of regional convergence towards a vegetation life-form created by autogenic succession in the presence of stable climate." (p.6)"

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Aplet, Gregory H. (2006) Evolution of Wilderness Fire Policy. International Journal of Wilderness APRIL 2006 - VOLUME 12, NUMBER 1 9.
  • Agee, J.K. (2000) Wilderness Fire Science: A State-of-Knowledge Review. USDA Forest Service Proceedings RMRS-P-15-VOL-5. 2000.
  • Leong, J.C. (nd) Evolution of Fire Science. Online available at:

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