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changing forest structure to modify wildfire behavior

denser stands of trees reduce wind speed more

doc-titleScience Basis for Changing Forest Structure to Modify Wildfire Behavior and Severity
quoteMore open stands also tend to allow higher wind speeds that tend to dry fuels compared to dense stands (Weatherspoon 1996). These factors may increase probability of ignition in some open canopy stands compared to dense canopy stands.
sourceUSDA Forest Service technical report