Fuel treatment

n. An intentional fuel modification designed to reduce potential fire behavior (thereby reducing fire effects and/or fire severity), reduce large fire growth, and/or reduce burn probability.

 

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A fuel treatment is an intentional fuel modification. A wildfire may result in desirable fuel modifications but is not a fuel treatment because it is not intentional. Similarly, many vegetation management activities result in desirable fuel modifications but do not constitute fuel treatments unless the activity is intended to mitigate fire behavior or fire effects.