Mastication is an increasingly popular fuels treatment, particularly in densely populated or otherwise complex areas where prescribed fire would be difficult or impossible to implement.
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Kreye, J., Brewer, N., Morgan, P., Varner, J., Smith, A., Hoffman, C., and R. Ottmar. 2014.Fire behavior in masticated fuels: a review. Forest Ecology and Management. 314: 193-207.