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​Fire Risk

Fire risk is evaluated as a combination of current weather, ignition sources and fuel loads. Climate changes such as decreasing rainfall, increasing temperatures and more incidences of high temperatures will modify fire risk since:

  • Drier fuel can result from higher temperature, reduced rainfall and increased lower relative humidity.
  • Litter production and decomposition rates under enhanced CO2 concentrations can modify the fire fuel loading where increased temperature increases decomposition rates of both leaf litter and woody debris rates – provided there is adequate moisture reducing fuel loads.
  • Decrease in litter decomposition occurs when C:N ratios are increased, increasing fuel loads.
  • Increased natural ignition from any increases in thunderstorms frequency.
  • The productivity and spread of weeds increases with climate change, providing more natural fuel.

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