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Cumulative disturbance on the landscape: lessons from the Pole Creek fire, Oregon

Author(s): Northwest Fire Science Consortium
Year Published: 2016
Description:

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.

Citation: Northwest Fire Science Consortium. 2016. Cumulative disturbance on the landscape: lessons from the Pole Creek fire, Oregon. Research Brief 8. 2p.
Topic(s): Fire Ecology, Insects & Disease, Fire & Bark Beetles, Fire Effects, Ecological - First Order, Fire Intensity / Burn Severity, Fire Regime
Ecosystem(s): Subalpine dry spruce-fir forest
Document Type: Research Brief or Fact Sheet
NRFSN number: 14519
Record updated: May 10, 2018