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Sofia Bajocco, Gianni Boris Pezzatti, Antonella De Angelis, Marco Conedera, and Carlo Ricotta

, forest fires are recorded by the Cantonal Forest Service. The information includes date and time of ignition; duration; ignition cause; burnt area; fire type; forest type; and, for most fires since 1969, a georeferenced perimeter of the burnt area. All data are checked for quality and entered in the Forest Fire Database ( Pezzatti et al. 2005 ). According to fire statistics, a mixed fire regime exists in the study area: anthropogenic fires during the winter season (December through April) and

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