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Development of post-fire crown damage mortality thresholds in ponderosa pine

Posted date: December 07, 2010
Publication Year: 
2010
Authors: Fowler, James F.Sieg, Carolyn H.; McMillin, Joel; Allen, Kurt K.; Negron, Jose; Wadleigh, Linda L.; Anhold, John A.; Gibson, Ken E.
Publication Series: 
Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Source: International Journal of Wildland Fire. 19: 583-588.

Abstract

Previous research has shown that crown scorch volume and crown consumption volume are the major predictors of post-fire mortality in ponderosa pine. In this study, we use piecewise logistic regression models of crown scorch data from 6633 trees in five wildfires from the Intermountain West to locate a mortality threshold at 88% scorch by volume for trees with no crown consumption. For trees with >40% crown consumption volume, linear regression indicates >85% mortality, but for trees with crown consumption volume 85%), crown consumption volume (>40%), and crown consumption between 5 and 40% combined with crown scorch volume >50% mortality thresholds could be incorporated into post-fire marking guidelines for forest management goals.

Citation

Fowler, James F.; Sieg, Carolyn Hull; McMillin, Joel; Allen, Kurt K.; Negron, Jose F.; Wadleigh, Linda L.; Anhold, John A.; Gibson, Ken E. 2010. Development of post-fire crown damage mortality thresholds in ponderosa pine. International Journal of Wildland Fire. 19: 583-588.