The Historical Role of Fire in the Foothill Communities of Sequoia National Park - Abstract

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

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The Historical Role of Fire in the Foothill Communities of Sequoia National Park. D.J. Parsons. 1981. Madroño 28:111-120.

Fire records for foothillcommunities (below 1830 m elevation) in the Kaweah watershed since 1920were examined. Number of fires was found to be greatest at highelevations and during the summer months. This corresponds to the periodof maximum drought stress and minimum foliage moisture content of thevegetation. The greatest area burned was in the chapparal type andhighest percentage of a community burned was in oak woodland, although75% of the total area had not burned since 1920.


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