The Science Behind Fire Management
For nearly 100 years, the National Park Service has been a steward of public land. Our fire management program is grounded in the best available science. Listed below are links to some select scientific literature and sources of information on a variety of topics relating to fire management at Saguaro National Park.
Fire history in the Rincon and Catalina Mountains, Jose Iñiguez (2006) - Appendix A (Santa Catalina Mountains) - B (Rincon Peak) - C (Fire history and moisture and forest age structure) [PDF, 5 MB total]
Fire histories from the Southwest, Tom Swetnam (2005) [PDF, 736 KB]
Fire Danger from Buffelgrass
Effects of Fire on Vegetation
Effects of Fire on Wildlife
Historical and current fire management practices in two wilderness areas in the southwestern United States: the Saguaro Wilderness Area and the Gila-Aldo Leopold Wilderness Complex. Molly Hunter, Iniguez, Farris. (2014) (PDF, 7.7 MB)
Wilderness fire management issues, Carol Miller (2006) (PDF, 192 KB)
Did You Know?
Buffelgrass burns at 1300-1600 F, hot enough to melt aluminum and the fire can travel near the speed of the wind. Even in moderate weather, it can travel at 2-3 mph with 12-18 ft flame lengths, making it a real threat to the lives of firefighters