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Chaparral is More Prone to Serious Fire than Tall Trees
grassland becoming shrubland increasing wildfire risk

high fire risk for native coyote brush

doc-titleLandscape scale vegetation-type conversion and fire hazard in the San Francisco bay area open spaces
quoteResults from the FARSITE simulations indicate the greatest average flame length and fire-line intensity for the shrub-dominated sites and the lowest for the oak woodlands. The highest rate of spread was found for the grass-dominated landscapes and the lowest for the forested landscapes [in the San Francisco Bay Area].
sourceWilliam H. Russell (USGS) and Joe R. McBride (UC Berkeley)