Lessons from the fires of 2000: Post-fire heterogeneity in ponderosa pine forests

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Edited by: Phillip N. Omni and Linda A. Joyce


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We evaluate burn-severity patterns for six burns that occurred in the southern Rocky Mountains and the Colorado Plateau in 2000. We compare the results of two data sources: Burned Area Rehabilitations Teams (BAER) and a spatial burnseverity model derived from satellite imagery (the Normalized Burn Ratio; NBR). BAER maps tended to overestimate area of severe burns and underestimate area of moderate-severity burns relative to NBR maps. Low elevation and more southern ponderosa pine burns were predominantly understory burns, whereas burns at higher elevations and farther north had a greater component of high-severity burns. Thus, much, if not most, of the area covered by these burns appears to be consistent with historic burns and contributes to healthy functioning ecosystems.

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Publication type Conference Paper
Publication Subtype Conference Paper
Title Lessons from the fires of 2000: Post-fire heterogeneity in ponderosa pine forests
Year Published 2003
Language English
Publisher U.S. Department of Agriculture
Contributing office(s) Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center
Description 4 p.
Larger Work Type Conference Paper
Larger Work Subtype Conference Paper
Larger Work Title Fire, Fuel Treatments, and Ecological Restoration: Conference Proceedings: RMRS-P-29
First page 277
Last page 280
Conference Title Conference on fire, fuel treatments, and ecological restoration: Proper place, appropriate time
Conference Location Fort Collins, CO
Conference Date April 16-18, 2002
Country United States
State Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico
Other Geospatial Rocky Mountains
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