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Wildfires in northern Yellowstone National Park

Author(s): Douglas B. Houston
Year Published: 1973

A sample of 40 fire-scarred trees was used to reconstruct the frequency and size of fires during the past 300-400 years in northern Yellowstone National Park. Best estimates of frequency suggested mean intervals of about 20-25 years between fires, after adjustments had been made for the recent influence of modern man. Agreement in fire dates over wide areas suggested the occurrence of 8 or 10 extensive fires in the past 300-400 years. Euro-American man has substantially reduced the natural fire frequency for about 80 years and has thus contributed to changes in plant succession.

Citation: Houston, Douglas B. 1973. Wildfires in northern Yellowstone National Park. Ecology 54(5):1111-1117.
Topic(s): Fire History, Frequency, Fire Regime, Fire Intensity / Burn Severity
Ecosystem(s): None
Document Type: Book or Chapter or Journal Article
NRFSN number: 15398
FRAMES RCS number: 19288
TTRS (Tall Timbers Research Station) Number: 5398
Record updated: May 24, 2018