Fire and Ecosystem Effects Interactions
How do annual area burned and fire size relate to fuels?
The authors found that in the Southwest, the effects of natural burning within wilderness areas promotes heterogeneity of burn mosaics and limits the size and spread of subsequent fires. They did not find this same pattern in the Sierra Nevadas or Northern Rockies.
The authors suggest that fire size and burn continuity may be more important in reducing subsequent fire severity than the severity of the prescribed fire.