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Manage fire regimes, not fires

Globally, land- and fire-management policies have counterproductively caused cascading ecosystem changes that exacerbate, rather than mitigate, wildfires. Given rapidly changing climate and land-use conditions that amplify wildfire risk, a policy shift to adaptive management of fire regimes is urgently needed.

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Fig. 1: Fire-regime management.

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Cochrane, M.A., Bowman, D.M.J.S. Manage fire regimes, not fires. Nat. Geosci. 14, 455–457 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41561-021-00791-4

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