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Unformatted text preview: GEOL 0820 Ramsey Natural Disasters Spring, 2011 LECTURE #23: Wild Fire Hazards: Monitoring & Mitigation Date: 19 April 2011 I. Poor management policies? aggressive fire fighting o increased fuel/forest density o less fire resistant trees and grasses increased fire impact growing population and tourism o increased development of the wildland/urban interface more homes at risk o public education/awareness national campaigns local community-based efforts o however, risks have increased for large fires! One of the few hazards where successful mitigation efforts have increased the risk! Page 1/5 1910 1989 effects of wildland fire management on U.S. Forest Service budget o suppression costs have skyrocketed exceeding $1 billion in five of the last seven years USFS non-fire budget has declined over 35% since FY2001 wildland fire management activities 13% of the agency's budget in fiscal year 1991 48% of the agency's budget in fiscal year 2009 II. Monitoring II....
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