Fuel Break Effectiveness in Southern California Depends on Firefighter Access: USGS Research Brief

Two studies led by USGS and the Conservation Biology Institute have examined the factors affecting fuel break effectiveness in national forests. 
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Syphard, A. D., J.E. Keeley, T.J. Brennan. 2011. Comparing the Role of Fuel Breaks Across Southern California National Forests. Forest Ecology and Management 261:2038-2048.