Fuel modification

n. An abrupt change in fuelbed properties, whether intentional or not.

 

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A fuel modification is any abrupt change in fuelbed properties, including intentional fuel modifications, such as prescribed fire or thinning, and unintentional modifications, such as wildfire and windstorm. A fuel modification can exacerbate or ameliorate fire hazard, depending on specific circumstances. A fuel treatment is a fuel modification intended to reduce fire hazard.