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Wilderness Fire

fire on the selway riverAs some of the most pristine areas of the country---undeveloped, untrammeled, and managed to maintain native ecosystems--wilderness areas have played an invaluable role in the development of wildland fire science. Although the practice of fire suppression has excluded wildland fire from many western forests, some wilderness areas have more closely maintained their natural fire regimes. The Northern Rockies, for example, has several national parks and wilderness areas in which lightning caused fires are often allowed to freely burn with little human interference. These areas provide a tremendous opportunity for understanding the complexity of wildland fire as natural ecosystem process, and for appreciating the social factors that influence the management of wildfire for its beneficial effects. The resources listed here reflect the range of this knowledge.

This hot topic was developed in partnership with the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute.

Publications/Reports

2020 Structural diversity and development in active fire regime mixed-conifer forests
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Julia Berkey et al.
2018 Potentials and limitations of remote fire monitoring in protected areas
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
João Flávio Costa dos Santos et al.
2017 Temporal trends in burn severity in Selway Bitterroot Wilderness 1880-2012
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Penelope Morgan et al.
2016 Introduction to the article by Elers Koch: the passing of the Lolo Trail
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Elers Koch
2016 Progress in wilderness fire science: embracing complexity
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Carol Miller et al.
2016 Time shows wisdom of letting some wilderness fires roam freely
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Dave Campbell et al.
2016 Using risk analysis to reveal opportunities for the management of unplanned ignitions in wilderness
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Kevin M. Barnett et al.
2014 Northern Rockies pyrogeography: an example of fire atlas utility
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Penelope Morgan et al.
2014 The contribution of natural fire management to wilderness fire science
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Carol Miller
2014 From research to policy: The White Cap Wilderness Fire Study
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Diane M. Smith
2013 Latent resilience in ponderosa pine forest: effects of resumed frequent fire
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Andrew J. Larson et al.
2011 Wilderness fire management in a changing environment
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Carol Miller et al.
2008 Visitor preferences for managing wilderness recreation after wildfire
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Ryan N.K. Brown et al.
2008 Wildland fire use barriers and facilitators
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Anne E. Black et al.
2007 CCE fire regimes and their management
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Robert E. Keane 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.
2006 Understanding social influences on wilderness fire stewardship decisions
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Katie Knotek
2006 Trends in public attitudes towards the use of wildland fire
Conference Proceedings
Katie Knotek
2006 Barriers to wildland fire use: a preliminary problem analysis
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Dustin Doane et al.
2000 Wilderness fire science: a state of knowledge review
Conference Proceedings
James K. Agee
1991 Some thoughts on prescribed natural fires
Technical Report or White Paper
Jack D. Cohen
1985 Visitor attitudes toward wilderness fire management policy - 1971-84
Technical Report or White Paper
Stephen F. McCool et al.
1973 Fire-dependent forests in the Northern Rocky Mountains
Book or Chapter or Journal Article
James R. Habeck et al.

Videos

Mar 13, 2018 White Cap Wilderness Fire Study - 45th Anniversary Video
Orville Daniels, Diane M. Smith, Ron Milam, Robert W. Mutch, Rick Oberheu, James K. Brown, Dave Campbell, Tim Beebe
Oct 24, 2017 Two sides of fire
Jul 11, 2016 Wilderness fire science
Carol Miller
Jan 7, 2012 Rx Fire and Fire Use Lessons Learned
Brett Fay, Kim Soper, Rod Dykehouse, Lary Floyd, Greg Vergari, Lisa M. Elenz, Larry McCoy

Upcoming Events

None.

Past Events

2019 National Wilderness Workshop
October 23, 2019 to October 26, 2019
Wilderness Fire Management: Easier Now or Later?
July 9, 2019 to July 11, 2019
Wilderness Fire Workshop and Field Trips
July 11, 2016 to July 14, 2016