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Wildland Fire in the West

Sara E. Jensen and Guy R. McPherson

in Living with Fire

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9780520255890
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520942516 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520255890.003.0002
Wildland Fire in the West

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This chapter focuses on the current scientific understanding of wildland fire. It discusses the occurrence, spread and behavior of fires, the factors that influence wildland fires, and native species that have developed adaptations to fires. It explains the important role that fire plays in ecosystems and suggests that the maintenance and reintroduction of past fire regimes is a key to maintaining native biodiversity. It also presents case studies involving ponderosa pine fire ecology and the role it played in fire policy and management decisions; fire in mixed-conifer forests and dominance of fire-tolerant species; and stand-replacing fires that produce coastal Douglas-fir forests.

Keywords: wildland fire; fire; fire regimes; ponderosa pine; mixed-conifer forests; fire-tolerant species; Douglas-fir

Chapter.  6997 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Animal Pathology and Diseases

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