Twentieth century fire patterns in the Gila/Aldo Leopold Wilderness Complex New Mexico and the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness Area Idaho/Montana
Document Type: Conference Paper
Author(s): Matthew G. Rollins; Thomas W. Swetnam; Penelope Morgan
Editor(s): Leon F. Neuenschwander; Kevin C. Ryan; Greg E. Gollberg
Publication Year: 2000

Cataloging Information

  • Abies grandis
  • catastrophic fires
  • coastal forests
  • coniferous forests
  • crown fires
  • deserts
  • digital data collection
  • distribution
  • disturbance
  • droughts
  • ecosystem dynamics
  • elevation
  • fire frequency
  • fire management
  • fire patterns
  • Fire Perimeters
  • fire regimes
  • fire size
  • fire suppression
  • geography
  • GIS
  • grazing
  • histories
  • Idaho
  • JFSP - Joint Fire Science Program
  • land use
  • land use history
  • Mexico
  • Montana
  • national forests
  • Native Americans
  • New Mexico
  • overstory
  • Picea engelmannii
  • Pinus albicaulis
  • Pinus edulis
  • Pinus monticola
  • Pinus ponderosa
  • Pseudotsuga menziesii
  • scrub
  • sloping terrain
  • soils
  • statistical analysis
  • storms
  • subalpine forests
  • surface fires
  • Thuja plicata
  • topography
  • Tsuga heterophylla
  • understory vegetation
  • US Forest Service
  • wilderness areas
  • wilderness fire management
  • wildfires
  • wildland fuels
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Tall Timbers Record Number: 19490
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We present results from ongoing research into 20th Century fire regimes in two large Rocky Mountain wilderness areas. Fire patterns are represented as digital fire atlases based on archival forest service data. We find that spatial and temporal fire patterns are variable in space and time and related to landscape features, climate, land use history, and changes in fire management strategies. This research provides contextual information to guide fire management in these (and similar) areas in the future. © University of Idaho 2000. Abstract reproduced by permission.

Online Link(s):
Rollins, M., T. W. Swetnam, and P. Morgan. 2000. Twentieth century fire patterns in the Gila/Aldo Leopold Wilderness Complex New Mexico and the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness Area Idaho/Montana, in Neuenschwander, L. F., Ryan, K. C., and Gollberg, G. E., Joint Fire Science Conference and Workshop Proceedings: 'Crossing the Millennium: Integrating Spatial Technologies and Ecological Principles for a New Age in Fire Management'. Boise, Idaho. University of Idaho and the International Association of Wildland Fire,Moscow, ID and Fairfield, WA. Vol. I, p. 161-169,