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Title

Twentieth-century fire patterns in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness Area, Idaho/Montana, and the Gila/Aldo Leopold Wilderness Complex, New Mexico
Document Type: Conference Paper
Author(s): M. Rollins; T. W. Swetnam; P. Morgan
Compiler(s): D. N. Cole; S. F. McCool; W. T. Borrie; J. O'Loughlin
Publication Year: 2000

Cataloging Information

Keyword(s):
  • Abies grandis
  • Abies lasiocarpa
  • Artemisia
  • Ceanothus
  • coniferous forests
  • fire frequency
  • fire management
  • fire regimes
  • fire size
  • fire suppression
  • forest management
  • GIS
  • Idaho
  • Juniperus deppeana
  • Juniperus monosperma
  • land use
  • Larix lyallii
  • Larix occidentalis
  • Mexico
  • Montana
  • mountains
  • national forests
  • New Mexico
  • Picea engelmannii
  • Pinus albicaulis
  • Pinus contorta
  • Pinus monticola
  • Pinus ponderosa
  • Pinus strobiformis
  • Populus tremuloides
  • Pseudotsuga menziesii
  • Quercus
  • Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness Areas
  • Thuja plicata
  • Tsuga heterophylla
  • vegetation surveys
  • wilderness areas
  • wildfires
  • Yucca
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Record Last Modified: August 6, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 45471
Tall Timbers Record Number: 21008
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: A13.151/5:RMRS-P-15 v.5
TTRS Abstract Status: Fair use, Okay, Reproduced by permission

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Description

Twentieth century fire patterns were analyzed for two large, disparate wilderness areas in the Rocky Mountains. Spatial and temporal patterns of fires were represented as GIS-based digital fire atlases compiled from archival Forest Service data. We find that spatial and temporal fire patterns are related to landscape features and changes in land use. The rate and extent of burning are interpreted in the context of changing fire management strategies in each wilderness area. This research provides contextual information to guide fire management in these (and similar) areas in the future and forms the basis for future research involving the empirical definition of fire regimes based on spatially explicit time-series of fire occurrence.

Citation:
Rollins, M., T. W. Swetnam, and P. Morgan. 2000. Twentieth-century fire patterns in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness Area, Idaho/Montana, and the Gila/Aldo Leopold Wilderness Complex, New Mexico, in Cole, D. N., McCool, S. F., Borrie, W. T., and O'Loughlin, J., Wilderness science in a time of change conference: volume 5: wilderness ecosystems, threats, and management. Missoula, MT. USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station,Ogden, UT. 5, p. 283-287,Proceedings RMRS-P-15-VOL-5.