The United States and Canada approach wildland fire differently. Fire matters to both countries for reasons of economics, public safety, duty-of-care to nature preserves, and bureaucratic identity and inertia. A useful survey of their differences could focus on three simple indices: how each assesses fire threats, how each assigns responsibility for fire management, and how each relates fire protection to land use. In all three instances, each country has evolved apparently similar but in reality parallel strategies that, like their shared border, meet but don't merge. These differences reflect larger national traits.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)959-965
Number of pages7
JournalEnvironmental History
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)

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