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Effects of Repeated Fires

reburn bob marshall_0.JPGPrevious fires can influence the behavior subsequent wildfires. In many cases, 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.  

This hot topic was developed in partnership with the University of Idaho.

Publications/Reports

2020 Fuel dynamics following wildfire in US northern Rockies forests
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Camille Stevens-Rumann et al.
2020 Fine‐scale fire patterns mediate forest structure in frequent‐fire ecosystems
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Scott M. Ritter et al.
2020 Strong Legacy Effects of Prior Burn Severity on Forest Resilience to a High-Severity Fire
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Lucas B. Harris et al.
2019 Short-interval severe fire erodes the resilience of subalpine lodgepole pine forests
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Monica G. Turner et al.
2019 Characterizing persistent unburned islands within the Inland Northwest USA
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Anthony Martinez et al.
2019 The role of previous fires in the management and expenditures of subsequent large wildfires
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Erin J. Belval et al.
2018 Fine-scale spatial climate variation and drought mediate the likelihood of reburning
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Sean A. Parks et al.
2018 Fire frequency drives decadal changes in soil carbon and nitrogen and ecosystem productivity
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Adam F. A. Pellegrini et al.
2018 Fine‐scale spatial climate variation and drought mediate the likelihood of reburning
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Sean A. Parks et al.
2018 Long-term herpetofaunal response to repeated fuel reduction treatments
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Cathryn H. Greenberg et al.
2017 Long-term effects of burn season and frequency on ponderosa pine forest fuels and seedlings
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Douglas J. Westlind et al.
2017 Black carbon on coarse woody debris in once- and twice- burned mixed conifer forest
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Aspen Ward et al.
2017 Fire Effects on Historical Wildfire Refugia in Contemporary Wildfires
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Crystal A. Kolden et al.
2016 Repeated wildfires alter forest recovery of mixed-conifer ecosystems
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Camille Stevens-Rumann et al.
2016 Prior wildfires influence burn severity of subsequent large fires
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Camille Stevens-Rumann et al.
2016 Wildland fire limits subsequent fire occurrence
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Sean A. Parks et al.
2012 Characterizing fire-on-fire interactions in three large wilderness areas
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Casey Teske et al.
2010 The forgotten stage of forest succession: early-successional ecosystems on forest sites
Book or Chapter or Journal Article, Synthesis
Mark E. Swanson et al.
2006 Frequent fire alters nitrogen transformations in ponderosa pine stands of the inland Northwest
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Thomas H. DeLuca et al.
1994 Sediment transport in a small stream following two successive forest fires
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Kenneth G. Beaty
1984 Changes in fire weather distributions: effects on predicted fire behavior
Technical Report or White Paper
Lucy A. Salazar et al.
1951 Fire behavior in Northern Rocky Mountain Forests
Technical Report or White Paper
Jack S. Barrows

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