Causes of Large Shrubland Wildfires: USGS Research Brief

USGS Western Ecological Research Center publication brief.

Large, high-intensity wildfires are a natural feature of southern California landscapes and are not directly the result of past fire suppression activities.
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Keeley, J. E., P.H. Zedler. 2009. Large, high intensity fire events in southern California shrublands: debunking the fine-grained age-patch model. Ecological Applications 19:69-94.