Chaparral and fire




Large wildfires are an inevitable feature of chaparral. The moderate temperatures during winter promote growth of extensive stands of shrublands with contiguous fuels covering massive portions of the landscape. The summer-fall drought makes these fuels highly flammable over a relatively lengthy portion of the year. Because of widespread human influence, most fires today are anthropogenic; however, in wilderness areas lightning still accounts for some chaparral fires.

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Chaparral and fire
Series title Fremontia
Volume 35
Issue 4
Year Published 2007
Language English
Contributing office(s) Western Ecological Research Center
Description 6 p.
First page 16
Last page 21
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