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FOR 215: Writing in Forestry

Topic 1: Forest fire severity

Topic 1. Forest fires, why are they becoming increasingly severe? For this topic, please review reasons why forest fires are becoming increasingly severe, such as climate change and past fire suppression (among others). Focus on the western United States to narrow your search. Keep in mind that most forest types have natural relationships with fire. What about modern-day forest dynamics makes fires worse?


What are we looking at: 

  • fire OR wildfire
  • severity
  • (could try adding the word 'forest')

In relation to:

  • "climate change"
  • climate
  • "global warming"
  • suppression (could also use suppress*)
  • exclusion


  • west
  • western
  • southwestern
  • colorado
  • arizona
  • california
  • etc