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Fire and fish dynamics in a changing climate

Holsinger, Lisa; Keane, Robert. 2011. Fire and fish dynamics in a changing climate. Fire Management Today. 71(2): 19-23.

Wildland fire is a natural disturbance that affects the distribution and abundance of native fishes in the Rocky Mountain West (Rieman and others 2003). Fire can remove riparian vegetation, increasing direct solar radiation to the stream surface and leading to warmer summer water temperatures (fig. 1). Fire can also consume vegetation and organic biomass on the forest floor, changing hydrologic flows, stream quality, and fish habitat suitability.

Keywords: wildfire, fish dynamics, climate

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Title: RMRS Other Publications: Fire and fish dynamics in a changing climate
Electronic Publish Date: July 16, 2012
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