Spatial and temporal patterns of wildfires in the Mojave Desert, 1980-2004
This article described the spatial and temporal patterns and potential trends of wildfire in the Mojave Desert from 1980 to 2004.
Fire size in the lower and middle elevations are related to rainfall in the season previous to the fire season, but at higher elevations, this pattern does not hold. For the middle elevation and, less so, the lower elevations of the Mojave desert, the increase in area and continuity of non-native grasses after wet years increased the average size of fires during those years. However, there was no significant increasing trend in annual area burned in the Mojave desert despite earlier literature of more limited time periods finding an increasing trend.