Southeastern Deserts Bioregion

Matthew L. Brooks and Richard A. Minnich

in Fire in California's Ecosystems

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9780520246058
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520932272 | DOI:
Southeastern Deserts Bioregion

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This chapter describes the vast southeast corner of California that constitutes the Southeastern Deserts bioregion. It considers elevation to be the primary determinant of fire ecology zones in the desert bioregion. The primary factor controlling fire occurrence in the desert bioregion is the fuel condition, specifically fuel continuity and fuel type. The basic fire ecology of the predominant plant species in the low-elevation desert shrubland zone, the middle-elevation desert shrubland and the grassland zone, the high-elevation desert shrubland and the woodland zone, the desert montane woodland and the forest zone, and the desert riparian woodland and the oasis zone is reported. The chapter also explores the patterns of post-fire succession, and interactions among plant communities, fire behavior, and fire regimes. Fuel management can be a very important tool for fire managers in the California desert bioregion, even though the areas in which it is used may be a small percentage of the total region.

Keywords: Southeastern Deserts bioregion; California; fire ecology; fire succession; fire behavior; fire regimes; plant communities; fuel management

Chapter.  15413 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Animal Pathology and Diseases

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