Suppression Impacts

The newsmedia and politicians commonly portray firefighting incidents in the most superficial and sensationalistic terms, as essentially heroic military-style campaigns in the “moral equivalent of war.” But in making warfare on wildfire, the collateral damage from “fighting” against wildfire is immediate and accumulating. There is a critical need to examine suppression actions and assess their direct environmental impacts and indirect ecological effects in order to make the case for shifting the paradigm to Ecological Fire Management. This page provides educational materials and analytical reports on the topic of firefighting damages to ecosystems, natural resources, and rural communities.