Fire regimes and approaches for determining fire history
Document Type: Report
Author(s): James K. Agee
Editor(s): Colin C. Hardy; Stephen F. Arno
Publication Year: 1996

Cataloging Information

  • area fire frequency
  • coniferous forests
  • distribution
  • disturbance
  • ecosystem dynamics
  • fire exclusion
  • fire frequency
  • fire regimes
  • forest management
  • histories
  • insects
  • land use
  • pine forests
  • point fire frequency
  • Rocky Mountains
  • wilderness fire management
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Record Last Modified: June 1, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 12583
Tall Timbers Record Number: 12815
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: A13.88:INT-341
TTRS Abstract Status: Okay, Fair use, Reproduced by permission

This bibliographic record was either created or modified by the Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy and is provided without charge to promote research and education in Fire Ecology. The E.V. Komarek Fire Ecology Database is the intellectual property of the Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy.


Fire has been an important evolutionary influence in forests, affecting species composition, structure, and functional aspects of forest biology. Restoration of wildland forests of the future will depend in part on restoring fire to an appropriate role in forest ecosystems. This may include the "range of natural variability" or other concepts associated with fire as a disturbance factor. Yet fire on the forested landscape has not been a constant in either space or time. Its frequency, intensity, seasonality, extent, and other characters - collectively know as a fire regime-varied considerably across western forest landscapes. A series of techniques can be used to understand this history, and accurate interpretation depends on using the best fire history technique for a given fire regime. The following synopsis of these techniques is based on a more detailed explanation provided in Agee (1993).

Online Link(s):
Agee, James K. 1996. Fire regimes and approaches for determining fire history. Pages 12-13. In: Hardy, Colin C.; Arno, Stephen F. (editors). The use of fire in forest restoration. General Technical Report INT-GTR-341. Ogden, UT: USDA Forest Service, Intermountain Research Station. 86 p.

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