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Fire regimes of ponderosa pine communities in the Black Hills and surrounding areas

Author(s): Shannon K. Murphy
Year Published: 2017
Description:

Wildfire is an important disturbance in ponderosa pine communities in the Black Hills and surrounding areas. Effective management of these communities requires an understanding of historical fire regimes. This review provides a synthesis of the available scientific literature on historical patterns and contemporary changes in fuels, stand structures, and fire regimes in these woodlands and forests. Twelve fire history studies covering 27 sites indicate that historical mean fire-return intervals for low-severity fires ranged from about 5 to 33 years in these communities, and that fire frequency generally increased and fire severity was more variable with increasing elevation and moisture availability.

Citation: Murphy, Shannon K. 2017. Fire regimes of ponderosa pine communities in the Black Hills and surrounding areas. In: Fire Effects Information System, [Online]. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory (Producer). Available: https://www.fs.fed.us/database/feis/fire_regimes/ Black_Hills_ponderosa_pine/all.html
Topic(s): Fire Ecology, Fire Effects, Ecological - Second Order, Vegetation, Fire History, Frequency, Fire Regime, Fire Intensity / Burn Severity, Fire Return Intervals, Resilience, Recovery after fire
Ecosystem(s): None
Document Type: Synthesis
NRFSN number: 16433
Record updated: May 24, 2018