"Learning to live with fire", a new approach for civil protection
Living with fire implies to properly evaluate the potential environmental, social and economic damage of undesirable fire (large and intense), but also the benefits of using low intensity and/or targeted fires such as prescribed burning, or even backfires in the fire suppression operations. It is meaningful and realistic to envisage a combination of fire use strategies and prevention/suppression strategies in proportion and intensity adequate to the local conditions (different scales). Such integrated solutions consist of appropriate assessments, goal setting, public policies, education, fire management technologies, and evaluation.
Increasing the benefits through the use of fire and decreasing damage from undesirable types of fires can provide sustainability to ecosystems and live-hoods.
For each citizens living in a fire prone environment, being prepared means a better awareness and preparation before the fire season, including home protection by mitigation actions at the WUI, and safer behaviour during the emergency situations to preserve lives and assets.
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