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Title: Bark beetle and fire interactions in western coniferous forests: Research findings

Authors: Fettig, Chris; Hood, Sharon; Runyon, Justin; Stalling, Chris

Date: 2021

Source Fire Management Today. 79(1): 14-23.

Abstract: Native bark beetles and wildfires are important disturbances in western coniferous forests. We consider two common interactions between bark beetles and wildfires (1) the effects of fuel reduction treatments (prescribed fire and mechanical thinning) and wildfires on bark beetles, and (2) the effects of bark beetle epidemics and associated levels of tree mortality on fuels and wildfire behavior and severity. We briefly describe the current state of knowledge and identify gaps for making informed management decisions.

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    Fettig, Christopher J.; Hood, Sharon J.; Runyon, Justin B.; Stalling, Chris M. 2021. Bark beetle and fire interactions in western coniferous forests: Research findings. Fire Managment Today. 79(1): 14-23.
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