Fuel treatment longevity in a dry mixed conifer forest on the Colorado Front Range
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Hazardous fuel treatments have been occurring on an increasingly large scale throughout the western US in response to uncharacteristically severe wildfires in recent decades. These treatments have been shown to be effective in the short term but how long they remain effective, and the factors that affect this, is less clear. As these treatments are often very expensive to implement, knowing when a treated unit will return to pre-treatment fire risk is of critical importance for prioritization of sites and long-term forest planning. The majority of these treatments have occurred in dry mixed ...