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Filling in the blanks for prescribed fire in shrublands: developing information to support improved fire planning

Author(s): Jake Delwiche
Year Published: 2009
Description:

By collecting information on fuel loading, fuel consumption, fuel moisture, site conditions and fire weather on fires in a variety of shrubland types, researchers are developing a fuller knowledge of shrubland fire effects. Results are being integrated into the software package CONSUME, a user-friendly software tool for predicting fuel consumption and emissions for fire, fuel and smoke management planning. Shrubland types studied include chamise chaparral in California, big sagebrush in Montana, pine flatwoods in Florida and Georgia, and pitch pine scrub in the New Jersey Pinelands. Measurements were made of fuel characteristics before and after prescribed fires in the four vegetation communities in order to improve managers' abilities to plan prescribed burns in these shrubland types. The outcomes of this research project contribute to our understanding and management of fire effects in shrub ecosystems where data were previously limited.

Citation: Delwiche, Jake. 2009. Filling in the blanks for prescribed fire in shrublands: developing information to support improved fire planning. Joint Fire Science Program Fire Science Brief. August 2009(63): 1-6.
Topic(s): Fire Effects, Ecological - First Order, Fuel Consumption, Soil Heating, Smoke & Air Quality, Fire & Smoke Models, Smoke Emissions
Ecosystem(s): Sagebrush steppe
Document Type: Research Brief or Fact Sheet
NRFSN number: 11086
FRAMES RCS number: 8009
Record updated: Nov 29, 2017