Fire History of a Sequoia-Mixed Conifer Forest Abstract
Fire History of a Sequoia-Mixed Conifer Forest. B.M. Kilgore and D. Taylor. 1979. Ecology 60:129-142.
Using fire scarred trees in the Redwood Mountain area of Kings Canyon National Park, years of past occurrence and past fire frequencies were determined. Prior to 1875 fire frequency averaged 9 yr on west-facing slopes and 16 yr on east-facing slopes. Mean fire-free intervals between 1700 and 1875 varied by habitat, from 5 yr in ponderosa pine on a dry ridge to 15-18 yr on more moist sites with fir.
Did You Know?
The Sierra Nevada is still growing today. The mountains gain height during earthquakes on the east side of the range. But the mountains are being shortened by erosion almost as quickly as they grow. This erosion has deposited sediments thousands of feet thick on the floor of the San Joaquin Valley.