The essential element of fire
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): M. Parfit
Publication Year: 1996

Cataloging Information

  • boreal forests
  • catastrophic fires
  • chaparral
  • coniferous forests
  • crown fires
  • duff
  • ecosystem dynamics
  • fire case histories
  • fire dependent species
  • fire frequency
  • fire injuries (plants)
  • fire intensity
  • fire management
  • fire suppression
  • Florida
  • forest management
  • fuel accumulation
  • Georgia
  • grasslands
  • lightning caused fires
  • Mexico
  • military lands
  • New Mexico
  • nongame birds
  • Picoides borealis
  • Pinus contorta
  • Pinus palustris
  • Pinus ponderosa
  • Pinus taeda
  • population density
  • post fire recovery
  • rate of spread
  • seed germination
  • Sequoia
  • smoke effects
  • Stoddard, H.L.
  • surface fires
  • tallgrass prairies
  • understory vegetation
  • wetlands
  • wildfires
  • wildlife habitat management
  • Wyoming
  • Yellowstone National Park
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Record Last Modified: June 1, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 45667
Tall Timbers Record Number: 21230
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: Fire File
TTRS Abstract Status: Okay, Fair use, Reproduced by permission

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From the text (p.117) ... 'In awe and supplication Mescalero Apache dancers honor flames on their New Mexico reservation. 'Fire is sacred to us,' says one Apache leader. 'It provides warmth, food, protection.' Most Americans, however, fear fire beyond the hearth and for decades have tried to snuff it out. Today scientific research and practical application have confirmed the ancient lore that fire is vital to the health of both grasslands and forests.'

Parfit, M. 1996. The essential element of fire. National Geographic Magazine, v. 190, no. 3, p. 116-139.