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Progress in understanding bark beetle effects on fire behavior using physics-based models

Author(s): Chad M. Hoffman, Carolyn Hull Sieg, Penelope Morgan, William E. Mell, Rodman Linn, Camille Stevens-Rumann, Joel D. McMillin, Russell A. Parsons, Helen Maffei
Year Published: 2013

Bark beetle outbreaks are a major disturbance of forests throughout western North America affecting ecological processes and social and economic values (Amman 1977, Bond and Keeley 2005). Since the 1990s, bark beetle outbreaks have affected between 1.1 and 13.5 million acres in the western United States and an additional 13.5 million acres in British Columbia (Meddens et al. 2012). Tree mortality resulting from bark beetles has affected lodgepole pine, ponderosa pine, spruce-fir, Douglas-fir and pinyon pine forest types (Figure 1). The extent of the recent tree mortality due to bark beetle outbreaks has led to increased scientific, management and public interest in the implications of bark beetle-caused tree mortality for the behavior of subsequent wildfires.

Citation: Hoffman, Chad M.; Sieg, Carolyn Hull; Morgan, Penelope; Mell, Ruddy; Linn, Rodman R.; Stevens-Rumann, Camille S.; McMillin, Joel D.; Parsons, Russell; Maffei, Helen. 2013. Progress in understanding bark beetle effects on fire behavior using physics-based models. Technical Brief CFRI-TB-1301. Fort Collins, CO: Colorado State University, Colorado Forest Restoration Institute. 10 p.
Topic(s): Fire Ecology, Insects & Disease, Fire & Bark Beetles, Fire & Wildlife, Invertebrates, Mountain pine beetles
Ecosystem(s): None
Document Type: Book or Chapter or Journal Article
NRFSN number: 13297
FRAMES RCS number: 16701
Record updated: May 16, 2018