Wildfire behaviour in a New Zealand wetland: a case study
Document Type: Conference Proceedings
Author(s): H. Grant Pearce; R. F. Morgan; Martin E. Alexander
Editor(s): Susan I. Cerulean; R. Todd Engstrom
Publication Year: 1995

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  • New Zealand
  • wetlands
  • wildfire case studies
  • International
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FRAMES Record Number: 10935


One might be quick to suspect that there is very little relationship between wetlands and wildland fires, yet many terrestrial plant communities in these ecosystems are exceedingly flammable in spite of the fact that they may be associated with mild fire climates. A case in point is a human-caused wildfire that occurred in the wetlands associated with the Awarua Plains some 17 km southeast of Invercargill on the South Island of New Zealand during the spring of 1986. The 'Awarua Fire' originated from a vehicle striking and knocking down a transformer pole at about 1 :22 p.m. NZDT on Tuesday, October 28, 1986.

Online Link(s):
Pearce, H. G.; Morgan, R. F.; Alexander, M. E. 1995. Wildfire behaviour in a New Zealand wetland: a case study. Pages 168-169 in Cerulean, S. I.; Engstrom, R. Todd, editors. Proceedings of the 19th Tall Timbers Fire Ecology Conference Fire in Wetlands: A Management Perspective, Nov. 3-6, 1993, Tallahassee, Florida. Tallahasse, FL: Tall Timbers Research Station.