Fire frequencies during the suppression period
Document Type: Book Chapter
Author(s): Richard J. Barney; Brian J. Stocks
Editor(s): Ross W. Wein; David A. MacLean
Publication Year: 1983

Cataloging Information

  • boreal forests
  • Canada
  • circumpolar
  • Finland
  • fire control
  • fire frequency
  • fire interval
  • fire suppression
  • international
  • Russia
  • Sweden
  • tundra
  • wildfires
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Record Last Modified: December 23, 2020
FRAMES Record Number: 1404
Tall Timbers Record Number: 1904
TTRS Location Status: Not in file
TTRS Call Number: QH 84.1 R64 1983
TTRS Abstract Status: Fair use, Okay, Reproduced by permission

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Wildfires have been and currently are an important factor in the northern ecosystems of all circumpolar countries. Historical accounts of fires are general and often provide few quantitative data; therefore, we must rely on more recent data from the fire suppression period to draw conclusions about fire frequencies. In this chapter data on the frequency of wildfires in northern Canada, Alaska, USSR, Sweden, and Finland are reviewed, and problems with the interpretation of fire frequency data are discussed. From the limited data which are available it appears that the patterns of fires at northern latitudes in the USSR are very similar to those observed in Alaska and Canada.

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Barney, Richard J.; Stocks, Brian J. 1983. Fire frequencies during the suppression period. Pages 45-62 in: Wein, Ross W.; MacLean, David A. (editors), The Role of Fire in Northern Circumpolar Ecosystems. New York, NY: John Wiley and Sons. 322 p.

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