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Keyword: self-regulation

Wildfires today impact future wildfires

Science Spotlights Posted on: April 19, 2018
Wildland fire has the potential to influence properties of subsequent fire. Researchers monitored the extent to which a previous wildland fire inhibits new fires from igniting.

Fine-scale spatial climate variation and drought mediate the likelihood of reburning

Publications Posted on: March 27, 2018
In many forested ecosystems, it is increasingly recognized that the probability of burning is substantially reduced within the footprint of previously burned areas.

Wildland fire limits subsequent fire occurrence

Publications Posted on: December 16, 2015
Several aspects of wildland fire are moderated by site- and landscape-level vegetation changes caused by previous fire, thereby creating a dynamic where one fire exerts a regulatory control on subsequent fire. For example, wildland fire has been shown to regulate the size and severity of subsequent fire. However, wildland fire has the potential to influence other properties of subsequent fire.

Wildland fire as a self-regulating mechanism: The role of previous burns and weather in limiting fire progression

Publications Posted on: September 29, 2015
Theory suggests that natural fire regimes can result in landscapes that are both self-regulating and resilient to fire. For example, because fires consume fuel, they may create barriers to the spread of future fires, thereby regulating fire size. Top-down controls such as weather, however, can weaken this effect.