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