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Joe Truett

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780520258396

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520258396.001.0001

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Collateral Damage

Collateral Damage

(p.126) Fifteen Collateral Damage


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This chapter discusses the Bear Fire, which consumed some fifty thousand acres—nearly eighty square miles—of scrub oak, pinyon, juniper, ponderosa pine, fir, and spruce in Bear Wallow Mountain. The chapter also discusses the impacts of fire suppression policies. Fire suppression policies result in heavy accumulations of fuels in forests, and they thus lead to increased wildland fires. The collateral damage of fire suppression ranges far beyond the southwestern grasslands and the U.S. Forest Service. It lures California homeowners into the very heartlands of historic wildfires and burdens rural communities with the escalating costs of fire protection.

Keywords:   Bear Fire, Bear Wallow Mountain, fire suppression, fuels, wildland fires, U.S. Forest Service

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