Prescribe fire use to establish fire proved stands: «Las Mesas de Ana López» case study, Vega de San Mateo, Gran Canaria, Spain

  • D. Molina Terrén Universitat de Lleida
  • F. Grillo Delgado Cabildo de Gran Canaria
  • D. García Marco Cabildo de Gran Canaria
Keywords: prescribed fires, simulation, Farsite, FlamMap, pre-suppression

Abstract

Wildland fire regimes are changing in Gran Canaria (Canary Islands, SW Spain) and large wildland fires (LWFs) are more likely to occur. This is a major change in the disturbance regime and it is a real threat for biodiversity. This paper studies prescribed burning as a mean to create fire resistant stands to allow wildland fire control. It is based in the recent (2002-2005) prescribed burning program in Gran Canaria. We are interested not only in setting fuel-breaks but in providing strategic locations for those (after Farsite and FlamMap simulations). In this paper, we also show a case study for the Mesas (August 17th, 2004) wildland fire and the prescribed burn fuel breaks established around it in the last years in which this fire was successfully anchor.

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Published
2006-10-01
How to Cite
Molina TerrénD., Grillo DelgadoF., & García MarcoD. (2006). Prescribe fire use to establish fire proved stands: «Las Mesas de Ana López» case study, Vega de San Mateo, Gran Canaria, Spain. Forest Systems, 15(3), 271-276. https://doi.org/10.5424/srf/2006153-00970
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Research Articles