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Computing a Better Fire Forecast

Science  09 Aug 2013:
Vol. 341, Issue 6146, pp. 609-611
DOI: 10.1126/science.341.6146.609

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Summary

As climate change threatens to make extreme fires more frequent in the western United States, fire researchers are working to improve computer models that can be used to predict how fires spread and where they might break out. Although improved models are on the horizon, an array of issues is complicating the search for alternatives, from technical debates to the differing cultures of firefighters and academic scientists.