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Northwest Fire Science Consortium
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Fire Ecology
Insects & Disease
Fire & Bark Beetles
Fire Effects
Ecological - First Order
Fire Intensity / Burn Severity
Fire Regime
Subalpine dry spruce-fir forest

NRFSN number: 14519
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Previous research has focused on quantifying fuel loadings and using operational fire behavior models to understand changes in fire severity following MPB outbreaks. In this study however, researchers used direct field measurements taken from the 2012 Pole Creek Fire that burned in lodgepole pine forests in central Oregon’s Eastern Cascade Mountains, which had experienced a MPB epidemic 8-15 years prior to the fire. They examined the combined effects of MPB and fire disturbances on stand structure, and investigated the influence of previous MPB severity and fire weather on subsequent fire severity and cumulative disturbance severity.


Northwest Fire Science Consortium. 2016. Cumulative disturbance on the landscape: lessons from the Pole Creek fire, Oregon. Research Brief 8. 2p.
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