Fire frequency in subalpine forests of Yellowstone National Park
Document Type: Conference Proceedings
Author(s): William H. Romme
Editor(s): Marvin A. Stokes; John H. Dieterich
Publication Year: 1980

Cataloging Information

  • Abies lasiocarpa
  • canopy fuel
  • catastrophic fires
  • coniferous forests
  • crown fires
  • disturbance
  • Engelmann spruce
  • fire frequency
  • fire intensity
  • fire regimes
  • fuel accumulation
  • lodgepole pine
  • Picea engelmannii
  • Pinus albicaulis
  • Pinus contorta
  • subalpine fir
  • subalpine forests
  • whitebark pine
  • Yellowstone National Park
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Record Last Modified: November 16, 2020
FRAMES Record Number: 16330
Tall Timbers Record Number: 1546
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: A13.88:RM-81
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Dead woody fuels were sampled in 16 upland forest stands representing a chronosequence of forest successional stages. Different fuel components show different temporal patterns, but adequate levels of all components necessary for an intense crown fire are not present simultaneously until stand age 300-400 yr. Therefore, the average interval between successive fires is estimated to be greater than or equal to 300 years.

Romme, William H. 1980. Fire frequency in subalpine forests of Yellowstone National Park. Pages 27-30 in: Stokes, Marvin A.; Dieterich, John H. (editors), Proceedings of the Fire History Workshop: October 20-24, 1980, Tucson, Arizona. General Technical Report RM-GTR-81. Ft. Collins, CO: US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station. 142 p.