Fire history and man-induced fire problems in subtropical south Florida
Document Type: Conference Proceedings
Author(s): Dale L. Taylor
Editor(s): Marvin A. Stokes; John H. Dieterich
Publication Year: 1980

Cataloging Information

  • charcoal deposition
  • disturbance
  • European settlement
  • everglades
  • fire frequency
  • fire frequency
  • fire interval
  • fire management
  • Florida
  • land use
  • lightning caused fires
  • Native Americans
  • prehistoric fires
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Record Last Modified: November 16, 2020
FRAMES Record Number: 16337
Tall Timbers Record Number: 1552
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: A13.88:RM-81
TTRS Abstract Status: Fair use, Okay, Reproduced by permission

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Historic fires, indicated by charcoal deposits, endemic plants, and lightning-caused fires, probably occurred during drought cycles of about 8 years, were several thousand acres in extent, and probably burned most of the fire-adapted vegetation every two cycles. Environmental perturbation has created a critical fire situation with extreme years occurring at 5.8 to 7.5 year intervals, and moderate years at 3.2 to 4.3 year intervals.

Taylor, Dale L. 1980. Fire history and man-induced fire problems in subtropical south Florida. Pages 63-68 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.