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Nutrient gains to adjacent ecosystems during a forest fire: an evaluation

Author(s): James L. Clayton
Year Published: 1976

Concentration of Na, K, Ca, Mg, and N in precipitation falling through smoke during a forest fire was 20 to 70 times greater than in normal precipitation. Climatic conditions during the Pine Creek fire in central Idaho were optimal for collecting nutrients by wet depositional processes. Hypothetically calculated nutrient inputs by dry deposition and wet deposition summed together provided 1 to 4 percent of the annual nutrient gain to standing timber in an adjacent watershed. In spite of the naturally high return frequency of wildfires in the mountains of central Idaho, it is unlikely that nutrient redistribution by smoke is of ecological significance away from the burned site. Forest Sci. 22:162-166.

Citation: Clayton JL. 1976. Nutrient gains to adjacent ecosystems during a forest fire: an evaluation. Forest Science 22 (2): 162-166. https://doi.org/10.1093/forestscience/22.2.162
Topic(s): Fire Effects
Ecosystem(s): None
Document Type: Book or Chapter or Journal Article
NRFSN number: 18526
FRAMES RCS number: 28339
TTRS (Tall Timbers Research Station) Number: 2199
Record updated: Nov 21, 2018