Modeling human impacts to the Borderlands environment from a fire ecology perspective
Document Type: Conference Proceedings
Author(s): Suzanne K. Fish
Editor(s): Peter F. Ffolliott; Leonard F. DeBano; Malchus B. Baker Jr.; Gerald J. Gottfried; Gilberto Solis-Garza; Carleton B. Edminster; Daniel G. Neary; Larry S. Allen; Robert H. Hamre
Publication Year: 1996

Cataloging Information

  • anthropogenic fire
  • archaeology
  • Arizona
  • cultural use of fire
  • Madrean Archipelago
  • Madrean Province
  • man caused fires
  • New Mexico
  • prehistoric fires
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Record Last Modified: September 29, 2022
FRAMES Record Number: 14249


The methods and motivations for fire use varied for late prehistoric societies of the Southwest. Although fire was probably used to increase the returns from hunting and gathering on marginal lands, it seems doubtful that comprehensive burning was used as a tool within patterned agrarian settings and immediate sustaining areas. Controlled rather than comprehensive uses of fire were the key to improving natural vegetation structure.

Online Link(s):
Fish, Suzanne K. 1996. Modeling human impacts to the Borderlands environment from a fire ecology perspective. Pages 125-134 in: Ffolliott, Peter F.; DeBano, Leonard F.; Baker, Malchus B.; Gottfried, Gerald J.; Solis-Garza, Gilberto; Edminster, Carleton B.; Neary, Daniel G.; Allen, Larry S.; Hamre, R. H. (technical coordinators). Effects of fire on Madrean Province ecosystems: a symposium proceedings. General Technical Report RM-GTR-289. Fort Collins, CO: USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station.