Evaluating potential tree mortality from prescribed burning
Document Type: Conference Paper
Author(s): K. C. Ryan
Editor(s): D. M. Baumgartner
Publication Year: 1982

Cataloging Information

  • Abies grandis
  • Abies lasiocarpa
  • bark
  • buds
  • coniferous forests
  • conifers
  • crown scorch
  • crowns
  • diameter classes
  • duff
  • fire hazard reduction
  • fire injuries (plants)
  • fire intensity
  • fire management
  • fire resistant plants
  • flame length
  • foliage
  • forest management
  • fuel accumulation
  • fuel management
  • fuel moisture
  • ground fires
  • heat effects
  • Idaho
  • Larix occidentalis
  • Montana
  • mortality
  • Picea engelmannii
  • pine forests
  • Pinus contorta
  • Pinus ponderosa
  • Populus tremuloides
  • Pseudotsuga menziesii
  • roots
  • scorch
  • seedlings
  • site treatments
  • temperature
  • Thuja plicata
  • trees
  • wind
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Tall Timbers Record Number: 13456
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Prescribed burning is increasingly being used under standing timber for site preparation and fuels management. Managers need guidelines for determining species and individual tree characteristics that are potentially capable of incurring minimal injury from a fire treatment. A synthesis of literature on tree mortality resulting from prescribed burning is presented. Emphasis is primarily on the direct effects of fire on tree crown and boles. Models for predicting crown scorch anmd cambial kill are described. Guidelines are offered for minimizing fire related injury to the residual stand and evaluating the need for salvaging fire damaged trees.

Ryan, K. C. 1982. Evaluating potential tree mortality from prescribed burning, in Baumgartner, D. M., Site preparation and fuels management on steep terrain: proceedings of a symposium. Spokane, WA. Washington State University, Cooperative Extension,Pullman, WA. p. 167-179,