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Citation: Arkle, Robert S.; Pilliod, David S.; Welty, Justin L. 2012. Pattern and process of prescribed fires influence effectiveness at reducing wildfire severity in dry coniferous forests. Forest Ecology and Management 276:174-184.

Summary:

This article examines the relationship between vegetation and topography on prescribed fire severity and the effects on subsequent wildfire.



Citation: Ireland, Kathryn B.; Stan, Amanda B.; Fulé, Peter Z. 2012. Bottom-up control of a northern Arizona ponderosa pine forest fire regime in a fragmented landscape. Landscape Ecology 27(7):983-997.

Summary:

The authors investigated the relative influence of top-down climate controls versus bottom-up vegetation controls on the timing and spatial pattern of fire in a historically fragmented and patchy ponderosa pine landscape.



Citation: Teske, Casey C.; Seielstad, Carl A.; Queen, Lloyd P. 2012. Characterizing fire-on-fire interactions in three large wilderness areas. Fire Ecology 8(2):82-106.

Summary:

The authors assessed fire-on-fire interactions in three wilderness areas to see how past fire area burned and fire severity affect subsequent fire.



Citation: Roccaforte, John P.; Fulé, Peter Z.; Chancellor, W. Walker; Laughlin, Daniel C. 2012. Woody debris and tree regeneration dynamics following severe wildfires in Arizona ponderosa pine forests. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 42(3):593-604.

Summary:

The authors sampled post-fire surface fuels, woody debris and regeneration along a chronosequence of eighteen years within ponderosa pine stands that burned at high severity to understand how surface fuels change with time since fire.



Citation: van Mantgem, Phillip J.; Stephenson, Nathan L.; Knapp, Eric; Battles, John; Keeley, Jon E. 2011. Long-term effects of prescribed fire on mixed conifer forest structure in the Sierra Nevada, California. Forest Ecology and Management 261(6):989-994.

Summary:

The authors monitored prescribed fire in old-growth mixed conifer stands for eight consecutive years to examine the long-term effects on forest structure and how the actual results compared to restoration objectives.



Citation: Vankat, John L. 2011. Post-1935 changes in forest vegetation of Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA: Part 1 - ponderosa pine forest. Forest Ecology and Management 261(3):309-325.

Summary:

The author resampled vegetation study plots originally sampled in Grand Canyon National Park in 1935 to document changes in forest structure and composition.



Citation: Hunter, Molly E.; Iniguez, Jose M.; Lentile, Leigh B. 2011. Short- and long-term effects on fuels, forest structure, and wildfire potential from prescribed fire and resource benefit fire in southwestern forests, USA. Fire Ecology 7(3):108-121.

Summary:

The authors examined the effects of recent prescribed and resource benefit fires on the fuel loads, structure, and potential fire behavior in ponderosa pine and pinyon-juniper woodlands. Additionally, they studied the effects of repeated resource benefit fire on those same ecosystems.



Citation: Abatzoglou, John T.; Kolden, Crystal A. 2011. Climate change in western US deserts: potential for increased wildfire and invasive annual grasses. Rangeland Ecology & Management 64(5):471-478.

Summary:

The authors looked at the effects of climate change on invasive species establishment in western deserts. Specifically, they examined the effects of the interannual variation of temperature- and precipitation-related indicators associated with the National Fire Danger Rating System (NFDRS). Furthermore, they projected the future influence of large fire potential into the mid-21st century using downscaled CGM models.



Citation: Westerling, Anthony L.; Turner, Monica G.; Smithwick, Erica A.H.; Romme, William H.; Ryan, Michael G. 2011. Continued warming could transform Greater Yellowstone fire regimes by mid-21st Century. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 108(32):13165-13170.

Summary:

The authors projected how large fire (> 200 ha) occurrence, size, and spatial location may be affected by climate change in the forests of the Greater Yellowstone area.



Citation: Margolis, Ellis Q.; Swetnam, Thomas W.; Allen, Craig D. 2011. Historical stand-replacing fire in upper montane forests of the Madrean Sky Islands and Mogollon Plateau, southwestern USA. Fire Ecology 7(3):88-107.

Summary:

The authors reconstructed fire dates and stand-replacing fire patch sizes using four dendrological approaches to document the historical role of high severity and/or stand-replacing fire in upper elevation mixed-conifer, aspen, and spruce-fir forests.