Chapter 2: Fire behavior and effects: principles for archaeologists
Document Type: Book Chapter
Author(s): Kevin C. Ryan; Cassandra L. Koerner
Editor(s): Kevin C. Ryan; A. T. Jones; Cassandra L. Koerner; Kristine M. Lee
Publication Year: 2012

Cataloging Information

  • archaeological sites
  • backing fires
  • climate change
  • combustion
  • crown fires
  • duff
  • ecosystem dynamics
  • fire damage (property)
  • fire intensity
  • fire management
  • fire regimes
  • fire size
  • flank fires
  • fuel management
  • fuel types
  • heat effects
  • ignition
  • mineral soils
  • rate of spread
  • wildfires
  • wind
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From the Conclusions ... 'Fires have impacted cultures for millennia and fire will continue to impact contemporary cultures as well as the remnants of past cultures. The challenge is to manage vagetation/fuels to minimize damage to contemporary cultures as well as the cultural resources left by those who once lived on this land. Fires are highly variable both spatially and temporally, but the principles that govern fire are well known. Application of these principles can help to minimize the negative impacts of fuels treatment and restoration activities as well as inform post-fire inventory, monitoring, stabilization and rehabilitation plans. Critical to achieving this is the application of good local, site-specific knowledge about the combustion and fire environments juxtaposed to cultural resources.'

Ryan, K. C., and C. L. Koerner. 2012. Chapter 2: Fire behavior and effects: principles for archaeologists, in KC Ryan, AT Jones, CL Koerner, and KM Lee eds., Wildland fire in ecosystems: effects of fire on cultural resources and archaeology. Fort Collins, CO, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, General Technical Report RMRS-GTR, p. 15-84.