Fuel treatment effectiveness in Utah

Photo by Larissa Yocom

Fuel treatments such as prescribed fire and mechanical treatments are tools used widely by land managers to meet objectives such as reduction of fire area burned, reduction of fire behavior variables such as flame length and rate of spread, and reduction of fire severity. In the face of a warming climate and increasing fire severity, land management agencies are allocating significant resources to this area. Former graduate student Jamela Thompson led a project using broad-scale spatial analysis to assess the effectiveness of fuel treatments in meeting land management objectives in Utah.

Larissa Yocom
Larissa Yocom
Associate Professor, Fire Ecology and Management

In my research group, we are interested in advancing research about the ecological role of fire, how climate, fire and vegetation are related over time and space, and how management can promote the beneficial aspects of fire and minimize the negative consequences.