Determining the spatial extent of historical fires with geostatistics in northern lower Michigan
Document Type: Conference Proceedings
Author(s): Ann L. MacLean; David T. Cleland
Editor(s): Philip N. Omi; Linda A. Joyce
Publication Year: 2003

Cataloging Information

  • Abies spp.
  • catastrophic fires
  • coniferous forests
  • disturbance
  • fire frequency
  • fire management
  • fire regime
  • fire size
  • fire suppression
  • fuel accumulation
  • geostatistics
  • GIS - geographic information system
  • kriging
  • Larix laricina
  • mesic soils
  • Michigan
  • Picea
  • pine barrens
  • pine forests
  • Pinus banksiana
  • Pinus resinosa
  • Pinus strobus
  • plant diseases
  • presettlement fires
  • statistical analysis
  • wetlands
  • wildfires
  • xeric soils
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Record Last Modified: June 1, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 13212
Tall Timbers Record Number: 16142
TTRS Location Status: Not in file
TTRS Call Number: A13.151/5:RMRS-P-29
TTRS Abstract Status: Okay, Fair use, Reproduced by permission

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Interpolated General Land Office fire occurrence notes were used to determine the spatial extent of pre-European settlement fires for 26 counties in northern lower Michigan using ordinary kriging with probability output. Best fit of a surface was achieved using a spherical model with a lag distance of 860 meters, an angular tolerance of 45 degrees, and consideration of anistropy. The interpolated data were associated with Land Type Associations to determine fire rotation and occurrence intervals for pre-European and modern day fires. The results show that modern day fire suppression efforts have curbed the size and frequency of fires.

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Maclean, Ann L.; Cleland, David T. 2003. Determining the spatial extent of historical fires with geostatistics in northern lower Michigan. Pages 289-299. In: Omi, Philip N.; Joyce, Linda A. (technical editors). Fire, Fuel Treatments, and Ecological Restoration: Conference Proceedings: 16-18 April 2002: Fort Collins, Colorado. Proceedings RMRS-P-29. Fort Collins, CO: USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station.