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Type: Report
Author(s): Alicia L. Reiner
Publication Date: 2017

The purpose of this brief literature review is to outline and make available current research and case studies on fire behavior in forests with bark beetle-caused tree mortality to supplement field observations and measurements. Much of the literature and case studies available come from the U.S. and Canadian Rockies in lodgepole pine or Englemann spruce which may not be directly applicable to Sierra Nevada mixed-conifer due to differences in stand structure and fuel arrangement. Some information based on modeling results are noted because there is a paucity of direct observation of fire behavior, however, these results should be considered in light of the limitations of the models used. Note that this is a brief review covering information relevant to fire managers in the Sierra Nevada tree mortality zones, and a fair number of manuscripts have not been directly included or cited.

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Citation: Reiner, Alicia L. 2017. Fire Behavior in Beetle-killed Stands: A brief review of literature focusing on early stages after beetle attack. USDA Forest Service Fire Behavior Assessment Team. 5 p.

Cataloging Information

  • bark beetle tree mortality
  • California
  • fire behavior
  • literature review
  • tree mortality
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FRAMES Record Number: 65725