Behaviour and short term effects of two fires in regenerated karri (Eucalpytus diversicolor) forest
Document Type: Book
Author(s): W. L. McCaw
Publication Year: 1986

Cataloging Information

  • Acacia spp.
  • Acacia urophylla
  • Australia
  • clearcutting
  • Eucalyptus diversicolor
  • fire injuries (plants)
  • fire intensity
  • fire management
  • fire suppression
  • fuel moisture
  • humidity
  • ignition
  • karri
  • land management
  • low intensity burns
  • moisture
  • post fire recovery
  • regeneration
  • scorch
  • stand characteristics
  • temperature
  • trees
  • western Australia
  • wind
  • International
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Record Last Modified: June 1, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 39175
Tall Timbers Record Number: 13809
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: Fire File DDW
TTRS Abstract Status: Okay, Fair use, Reproduced by permission

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From the Summary: 'Two 30-ha areas of regenerated karri forest (aged 12 and 15 years) were burnt in February 1985 as part of a program to examine the behaviour and effects of fire in young stands. Collapsed thickets of dead Acacia urophylla were a major component of the fuel at both sites. Wide ignition spacing and stable evening weather conditions resulted in low fire intensities (<350 kW.m-1) with scorch heights below 15 m. However, higher fire intensities (estimated up to 1500 kW.m-1) rapidly developed under the influence of slope, wind and close ignition spacing, even in relatively moist fuels (15 per cent moisture content). Fire intensities above 600 kW.m-1 fully scorched the codominant trees and caused some localised defoliation. Plots have been established to monitor tree damage and growth following each fire. Guidelines for operational burning developed from this study have been successfully used to prescribe low intensity fires in several other stands of young regrowth.'

McCaw, W. L. 1986. Behaviour and short term effects of two fires in regenerated karri (Eucalpytus diversicolor) forest. Technical Report No. 9. Como, Western Australia, Department of Conservation Land Management, Western Australia.