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Forest fires are a serious problem affecting many terrestrial ecosystems and causing substantial economic damage. Due to the increase of frequency and severity of large forest fire and wildland-urban interface fires, the World Health Organization has identified this problem as a threat to public health security in the 21st century. This book gathers and presents current research from across the globe in the study of fire detection techniques and applications.
Each chapter is its own mini-book, which includes a timeline, key terms, and interesting facts. Grabbed straight from the headlines, these disasters leave tragedy, destruction, and years of anguish: London Bridge, The Morro Castle, Chicago, The Iroquois Theater, Australia's Bush Fires, The Station Nightclub, The West Burns, and more.
The book begins with a brief overview of the nature of wildfires, followed by a discussion of protecting structures. Wildlife damages to wildlands and natural resources are also discussed, as well as fuel treatment options and their benefits and limitations, and public involvement in federal decisions. This book consists of public documents which have been located, gathered, combined, reformatted, and enhanced with a subject index, selectively edited and bound to provide easy access.