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Chaparral is More Prone to Serious Fire than Tall Trees
the URS Corporation letter questioning UC Berkeley

URS notes that chaparral is not a lower fire risk

doc-titleLetter to FEMA from consultant URS Corporation
quote... grasslands fuels burn cooler and faster than eucalyptus material, yet they are easier to ignite and carry fire quickly across a landscape. Chaparral is one of the most hazardous wildland fuel types in California due to the woody, persistent nature of the plants ... [and] flame lengths that far exceed those of the other possible vegetation types (Carle 2008).
sourceFEMA consultant URS Corporation