References are categorized by "General Literature/Information", "Technical & Scientific Literature" (from the 1960s, from the 1970s, from the 1980s, from the 1990s, and from the 2000s) and "Historic & Background Literature." Bibliographic material concentrates on Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and the southern Sierra Nevada but also includes other fire related references that may be of general interest. Papers are listed by date within each section. (Updated: 29-Mar-2006)
Abstracts or the complete text for some of the references are available for download. Full documents are usually in Acrobat PDF file format (size will be indicated next to link) and will require Adobe Acrobat Reader to view (free from Adobe). Many of the articles listed below were written and prepared by U.S. Government employees on official time, and are therefore in the public domain. Additionally, many of the on-line publications are scanned and captured using Adobe Acrobat. During the capture process some typographical errors may have occurred. If you encounter any that make a publication unuseable please contact Tony Caprio - Division of Natural Resources.
Man and Fire in Ponderosa Pine in the Sierra Nevada of California. H.H. Biswell. 1959. Sierra Club Bulletin 44:44-53.
The Big Trees and Fire. H.H. Biswell. 1961. National Parks & Conservation Magazine. 35:11-14. April
The Ecology of Fire. C.F. Cooper. 1961. Scientific American. April
Forest encroachment on the meadows of Yosemite Valley. E.F. Ernst. 1961. Sierra Club Bul. 46:21-32.
Fire Ecology of the Giant Sequoia: Controlled Fires May Be One Solution to Survival of the Species. R.J. Hartesveldt. 1964. Natural History Magazine 73:12-19.
Whitaker's Forest. G.B. Larson. 1966. American Forests September 73:
Redwood Mountain. (Acrobat PDF 2.8MB) H. Biswell and H. Weaver. 1968. American Forests 74:20-23.
Fuel Conditions and Fire Hazard Reduction Costs in a Giant Sequoia Forest. H.H. Biswell, R.P. Gibbens, and H. Buchanan. 1968.National Parks Magazine 42:17-19.
How Fire Helps the Big Trees. H. Weaver and H.H. Biswell. 1969. National Parks & Conservation Magazine. 43:16-19.
Forest Fires: Suppression Policy has its Ecological Drawbacks. M. Oberle. 1969. Science 165:568-571.
Fanning the Flames: Does Forest Fire Policy Ignore Fire Science?. Radio High Country News Archive (Real Audio Program) - Vol. 4, no. 45, "Catastrophic fires. That&146s what politicians call last summer&146s forest fires. Many say if we don&146t do something, we&146ll lose our forests to fire. But scientists tell us a different story. They say big fire is just another part of a healthy forest."