Fire history and its role in succession
Document Type: Book Chapter
Author(s): R. E. Martin
Editor(s): J. E. Means
Publication Year: 1982

Cataloging Information

  • Artemisia
  • bibliographies
  • burning intervals
  • coniferous forests
  • fire intensity
  • fire management
  • flammability
  • fuel accumulation
  • histories
  • ignition
  • Oregon
  • pine forests
  • Pinus ponderosa
  • Pseudotsuga
  • shrublands
  • succession
  • Thuja
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Record Last Modified: June 1, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 39065
Tall Timbers Record Number: 13692
TTRS Location Status: Not in file
TTRS Call Number: Fire File DDW
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Fire occurs at various intervals in differnet vegetation types. Intervals between fires are longer in warm, dry sites where small amount of fuel limits fire spread and in cool, wet sites where burning conditions are limiting despite the large amount of fuel. The shortest fire return intervals occur where an optimum combination of flammable fuel and ignition sources exist. The proposed U-shaped model for this pattern should be adaptable to mathematical modeling, using enviromental gradients and ignition source availablility.

Martin, R. E. 1982. Fire history and its role in succession, in JE Means ed., Forest succession and stand development research in the Northwest: proceedings of a symposium; 26 March 1981, as part of the Northwest Scientific Association annual meetings at Oregon State University, Corvallis. Corvallis, OR, Forest Researchratory, Oregon State University, p. 92-99.