Landscape management is urgently needed to address the rise of megafires in South America

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Landscape management is urgently needed to address the rise of megafires in South America

AuthorDolores Armenteras, Francisco de la Barrera
Line(s)Dinámicas socioespaciales
Year of Publication2023
Journal TitleCommunications Earth & Environment
Keywords
AbstractA remarkable surge in the occurrence and severity of megafires has been observed around the world, particularly in South America1. Fire has played a crucial role in shaping ecosystems for hundreds of millions of years2. However, contemporary anthropogenic climate change has increased the probability of large and intense wildfires that have disastrous effects on ecosystems, communities, and economies3. Higher temperatures and prolonged droughts foster conditions conducive to the spread of fires and increase their intensity. Altered rainfall patterns resulting from climate change exacerbate drought conditions, intensifying the risk of fires. The increased likelihood and complexity of fire incidents currently complicate efforts to control them.
Doihttps://doi.org/10.1038/s43247-023-00964-6
Corresponding AuthorFrancisco de la Barrera, fdelabarrera@udec.cl