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Effects of Repeated Fires

Previous fires have been shown to reduce the spread and severity of subsequent wildfires on the landscape, thereby serving as a natural fuel treatment. The influence exerted by previous fires varies with climate, location, time since fire, and vegetation, among other factors. An understanding of the potential impacts of previous fires on the characteristics of subsequent fires is important in informing land management decisions, developing fuel management strategies, and allocating fire-fighting resources. The increasing size and extent of wildfires in the Northern Rockies region over the past several decades makes this topic even more relevant as fires become more and more likely to burn into previously burned areas. The resources curated here contain the most recent and applicable information on this issue.  

Syntheses

2014 The effects of previous wildfires on subsequent wildfire behavior and post-wildfire recovery
Camille Stevens-Rumann, Susan J. Prichard, Penelope Morgan

Publications/Reports

2017 Tamm Review: Shifting global fire regimes: Lessons from reburns and research needs
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Susan J. Prichard, Camille Stevens-Rumann, Paul F. Hessburg
2016 Quantifying the influence of previously burned areas on suppression effectiveness and avoided exposure: a case study of the Las Conchas Fire
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Matthew P. Thompson, Patrick H. Freeborn, Jon D. Rieck, David E. Calkin, Julie W. Gilbertson-Day, Mark A. Cochrane, Michael S. Hand
2016 Prior wildfires influence burn severity of subsequent large fires
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Camille Stevens-Rumann, Susan J. Prichard, Eva K. Strand, Penelope Morgan
2016 Wildland fire limits subsequent fire occurrence
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Sean A. Parks, Carol L. Miller, Lisa M. Holsinger, Scott L. Baggett, Benjamin J. Bird
2016 Prior wildfires influence burn severity of subsequent fires
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Camille Stevens-Rumann, Susan J. Prichard, Eva K. Strand, Penelope Morgan
2015 Wildland fire as a self-regulating mechanism: the role of previous burns and weather in limiting fire progression
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Sean A. Parks, Lisa M. Holsinger, Carol L. Miller, Cara R. Nelson
2015 Fire legacies impact conifer regeneration across environmental gradients in the U.S. northern Rockies
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Kerry Kemp, Philip E. Higuera, Penelope Morgan
2014 Previous fires moderate burn severity of subsequent wildland fires in two large western US wilderness areas
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Sean A. Parks, Carol L. Miller, Cara R. Nelson, Zachary A. Holden
2013 Wilderness shapes contemporary fire size distributions across landscapes of the western United States
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Sandra L. Haire, Kevin McGarigal, Carol L. Miller
2012 Characterizing fire-on-fire interactions in three large wilderness areas
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Casey Teske, Carl A. Seielstad, Lloyd P. Queen
1984 Changes in fire weather distributions: effects on predicted fire behavior
Technical Report or White Paper
Lucy A. Salazar, Larry S. Bradshaw
1951 Fire behavior in Northern Rocky Mountain Forests
Technical Report or White Paper
Jack S. Barrows