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Fire frequency in subalpine forests of Yellowstone National Park

Author(s): William H. Romme
Year Published: 1980

Dead woody fuels were sampled in 16 upland forest stands representing a chronosequence of forest successional stages. Different fuel components show different temporal patterns, but adequate levels of all components necessary for an intense crown fire are not present simultaneously until stand age 300-400 yr. Therefore, the average interval between successive fires is estimated to be greater than or equal to 300 years.

Citation: Romme, William H. 1980. Fire frequency in subalpine forests of Yellowstone National Park. In: Stokes, Marvin A.; Dieterich, John H., eds. Proceedings of the Fire History Workshop; 1980 October 20-24; Tucson, AZ. Gen. Tech. Rep. RM-GTR-81. Ft. Collins, CO: US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station. p. 27-30.
Topic(s): Fire History, Frequency, Fuels Inventory & Monitoring, Fuels, Fire Regime, Fire Intensity / Burn Severity
Ecosystem(s): Subalpine wet spruce-fir forest, Subalpine dry spruce-fir forest
Document Type: Conference Proceedings, Technical Report or White Paper
NRFSN number: 12042
FRAMES RCS number: 16330
Record updated: May 24, 2018