Fire history terminology: report of the ad hoc committee
Document Type: Conference Proceedings
Author(s): William H. Romme
Editor(s): Marvin A. Stokes; John H. Dieterich
Publication Year: 1980

Cataloging Information

  • catastrophic fires
  • dendrochronology
  • fire frequency
  • fire injuries (plants)
  • fire intensity
  • fire regimes
  • fire resistant plants
  • fire scar analysis
  • regeneration
  • sampling
  • terminology
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TTRS Call Number: A13.88:RM-81
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It is often quite difficult to compare fire history studies conducted by different investigators because different terms may be used to refer to the same concept and the same term may be used to refer to different concepts. To help resolve this difficulty, an ad hoc committee was formed early in the course of the workshop with the task of (1) listing the most confusing terms commonly used in fire history studies, (2) determining which terms are actually synonymous, (3) suggesting which of several synonyms is the best term to use in future fire history studies, and (4) providing a definition for each of the preferred terms.

Romme, William. 1980. Fire history terminology: report of the ad hoc committee. Pages 135-137 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.