Prescribed burning and wildfire risk in the 1998 fire season in Florida
Document Type: Book Chapter
Author(s): John M. Pye; Jeffrey P. Prestemon; David T. Butry; Karen L. Abt
Editor(s): Philip N. Omi; Linda A. Joyce
Publication Year: 2003

Cataloging Information

  • burn probability
  • Florida
  • forest inventory
  • fuels management
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Record Last Modified: March 25, 2016
FRAMES Record Number: 2885


Measures of understory burning activity in and around FIA plots in northeastern Florida were not significantly associated with reduced burning probability in the extreme fire season of 1998. In this unusual year, burn probability was greatest on ordinarily wetter sites, especially bald cypress stands, and positively associated with understory vegetation. Moderate amounts of lightning also were associated with greater burning probability. Factors associated with reduced burn probability included road density and nearby requests for site preparation or seed tree burns, perhaps a proxy for other intensive forest management practices. Alternative tactics may prove more effective than fuel reduction in extreme years.

Online Link(s):
Pye, John M.; Prestemon, Jeffrey P.; Butry, David T.; Abt, Karen L. 2003. Prescribed burning and wildfire risk in the 1998 fire season in Florida. Pages 15-26 In: Omi, Philip N.; Joyce, Linda A. (eds.). Fire, fuel treatments, and ecological restoration: Conference proceedings; April 16-18, 2002; Fort Collins, CO. Proceedings RMRS-P-29. Fort Collins, CO: USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station.