Global trends in wildfire and its impacts: perceptions versus ... https://royalsocietypublishing.org › doi › rstb.2015.0345 by SH Doerr · 2016 · Cited by 240 — Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences ... Global trends in wildfire and its impacts: perceptions versus realities in a ... The 'command and control' attitude of most Western societies neglects the ... "Wildfire has been an important process affecting the Earth's surface and atmosphere for over 350 million years and human societies have coexisted with fire since their emergence. Yet many consider wildfire as an accelerating problem, with widely held perceptions both in the media and scientific papers of increasing fire occurrence, severity and resulting losses. However, important exceptions aside, the quantitative evidence available does not support these perceived overall trends. Instead, global area burned appears to have overall declined over past decades, and there is increasing evidence that there is less fire in the global landscape today than centuries ago. Regarding fire severity, limited data are available. For the western USA, they indicate little change overall, and also that area burned at high severity has overall declined compared to pre-European settlement. . . . "