Dry Forest Restoration and Megafires: Lessons from the 2014 Carlton Complex, North-Central WA
Media Type: Webinar
Host Agency:
  • University of California-Berkeley
  • University of California-Merced
Date: October 1, 2020

Cataloging Information

  • burn severity
  • Carlton Complex Wildfire
  • climate change
  • fire exclusion
  • fire management
  • fire severity
  • fire suppression effects
  • fuel reduction
  • megafires
  • thinning
  • Tripod Complex Fires
  • underburn
  • wildfires
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Record Last Modified: October 5, 2020
FRAMES Record Number: 62041


The 2014 Carlton Complex was the largest single wildfire event in Washington state history, and much of the >100,000 ha area burned under extreme weather conditions with explosive fire growth.  Under a warming climate with longer fire seasons, extreme wildfire events are becoming more common in semi-arid landscapes of the western United States and have the potential to accelerate vegetation responses to climate change. Because the Carlton Complex burned over many recent fuel reduction treatments, it offered an opportunity to evaluate if and how restoration treatments mitigated fire severity in this extreme wildfire event. Although we often hear that fuel reduction treatments don’t work under extreme fire weather, lessons from the Carlton Complex offer some promising findings.

Recording Length: 1:01:16
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