Fire regimes and management options in ecosystems with large high-intensity fires
Document Type: Conference Paper
Author(s): M. L. Heinselman
Editor(s): J. E. Lotan; B. M. Kilgore; W. C. Fischer; R. W. Mutch
Publication Year: 1985

Cataloging Information

  • boreal forests
  • Canada
  • catastrophic fires
  • coniferous forests
  • crown fires
  • fire control
  • fire frequency
  • fire hazard reduction
  • fire intensity
  • fire management
  • fire regimes
  • montane forests
  • pine forests
  • Pinus contorta
  • Pseudotsuga menziesii
  • subalpine forests
  • wilderness areas
  • wilderness fire management
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Record Last Modified: August 1, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 28836
Tall Timbers Record Number: 2719
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: A13.88:INT-182
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Large stand-replacing fires at intervals of 50 to 500 years were responsible for the vegetation patterns of parks and wilderness areas in the Boreal, Great Lakes-Acadian, Rocky Mountain, and Douglas-fir regions. Fire recurrence is closely linked to stand age in some ecosystems. Prescribed crown fires and underburnings could help begin fire management safely. In the far North, natural crown fire regimes still exist, and in some Rocky Mountain units such fires are being successfully managed. Improvements in techniques and fire control technology should make fire management feasible in more areas. Restoration of natural regimes is vital to preserving landscape diversity.

Heinselman, M. L. 1985. Fire regimes and management options in ecosystems with large high-intensity fires, in Lotan, J. E., Kilgore, B. M., Fischer, W. C., and Mutch, R. W., Proceedings--Symposium and Workshop on Wilderness Fire. Missoula, MT. USDA Forest Service, Intermountain Forest and Range Experiment Station,Ogden, UT. p. 101-109,General Technical Report INT-182.