Fire History of a Sequoia-Mixed Conifer Forest - Abstract

Wisps of smoke rise from a prescribed burn in a giant sequoia forest.

Tony Caprio

Fire History of a Sequoia-Mixed Conifer Forest. B.M. Kilgore and D. Taylor. 1979. Ecology 60:129-142.

Using fire scarred trees in theRedwood Mountain area of Kings Canyon National Park, years of pastoccurrence and past fire frequencies were determined. Prior to 1875fire frequency averaged 9 yr on west-facing slopes and 16 yr oneast-facing slopes. Mean fire-free intervals between 1700 and 1875varied by habitat, from 5 yr in ponderosa pine on a dry ridge to 15-18yr on more moist sites with fir.

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