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Wildland fires are becoming more common recently. In the face of global warming and impending droughts, it is pertinent to further our understanding of the contributory factors to fire occurrences. Such improved knowledge will be germane to any fire prevention and management programs. To this end, this study investigated two semi-arid regions in the American Southwest, Clark County in Nevada and Maricopa and Pinal Counties in Arizona. The findings reveal that factors such as, fire danger index, antecedent rain, land cover types, and proximities to roads and population centers, have significant relationships with fire incidences. Nevertheless, the relationships are site-specific; as such, the importance of these factors cannot be generalized to all areas.

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This page is a summary of: Factors contributory to fire occurrences in two populated areas in the American southwest, Management of Environmental Quality An International Journal, December 2021, Emerald, DOI: 10.1108/meq-08-2021-0188.
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