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Fuel treatments, fire suppression, and their interaction with wildfire and its impact: the Warm Lake experience during the Cascade Complex of wildfires in central Idaho, 2007

Author(s): Russell T. Graham, Theresa B. Jain, Mark Loseke
Year Published: 2009
Description:

Wildfires during the summer of 2007 burned over 500,000 acres within central Idaho. These fires burned around and through over 8,000 acres of fuel treatments designed to offer protection from wildfire to over 70 summer homes and other buildings located near Warm Lake. This area east of Cascade, Idaho, exemplifies the difficulty of designing and implementing fuel treatments in the many remote wildland urban interface settings that occur throughout the western United States. The Cascade Complex of wildfires burned for weeks, resisted control, were driven by strong dry winds, burned tinder dry forests, and only burned two rustic structures. This outcome was largely due to the existence of the fuel treatments and how they interacted with suppression activities. In addition to modifying wildfire intensity, the burn severity to vegetation and soils within the areas where the fuels were treated was generally less compared to neighboring areas where the fuels were not treated. This paper examines how the Monumental and North Fork Fires behaved and interacted with fuel treatments, suppression activities, topographical conditions, and the short- and long-term weather conditions.

Citation: Graham, Russell T.; Jain, Theresa B.; Loseke, Mark 2009. Fuel treatments, fire suppression, and their interaction with wildfire and its impacts: the Warm Lake experience during the Cascade Complex of wildfires in central Idaho, 2007. Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-229. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 36 p.
Topic(s): Fire Behavior, Extreme Fire Behavior, Case Studies, Fuels, Fuel Treatments & Effects
Ecosystem(s): None
Document Type: Technical Report or White Paper
NRFSN number: 17700
Record updated: Jun 5, 2018