Wildland fire in eastern Oregon and Washington
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): R. D. Ottmar; D. V. Sandberg
Publication Year: 2001

Cataloging Information

  • bibliographies
  • crown fires
  • disturbance
  • ecosystem dynamics
  • fire dependent species
  • fire exclusion
  • fire frequency
  • fire intensity
  • forest management
  • fuel accumulation
  • fuel loading
  • fuel management
  • grasslands
  • ground fires
  • hardwood forests
  • health factors
  • logging
  • Oregon
  • partial cutting
  • pine forests
  • rangelands
  • site treatments
  • soils
  • succession
  • thinning
  • vegetation surveys
  • Washington
  • water
  • wilderness fire management
  • wildfires
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Record Last Modified: June 1, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 39599
Tall Timbers Record Number: 14292
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: Fire File
TTRS Abstract Status: Okay, Fair use, Reproduced by permission

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Wildland fire is a major disturbance agent that shapes the forest health productivity and ecological diversity of eastern Oregon and Washington. Fire behavior and the effects of fire on flora, fauna, soils, air, and water are in large part driven by the availability of fuels to consume and the meteorological influences during a fire. Vegetation succession, disturbance processes, and management practices have resulted in an increase of fuels and vulnerability to extreme fire behavior and detrimental fire effects. Hazards of fire are further increased by encroachment of dwellings into forests and rangelands. Prescribed fire, selective logging, and mechanical fuel treatment are being used to reduce fire hazard, but there is disagreement as to appropriate balance and efficacy of these actions. New tools to (1) characterize fuelbeds; (2) predict mesoscale meteorology, fire behavior, fire effects, smoke production, and dispersal; and (3) demonstrate tradeoffs between prescribed fire and other fuel treatment methods are continually being improved to assist with wildland fire and prescribed fire decision making in eastern Oregon and Washington.

Ottmar, R. D., and D. V. Sandberg. 2001. Wildland fire in eastern Oregon and Washington. Northwest Science, v. 75, p. 46-54.