The Role of Fire in Managing Red Fir Forests - Abstract

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

Photo by Tony Caprio

The Role of Fire in Managing Red Fir Forests. B.M. Kilgore. 1971. Trans. 36th North Amer. Wildlife and Nat. Res. Conf., pp. 405-416.

Prescribed fire in the red fir zoneof Kings Canyon National Park reduced litter, duff, and humus by about50%, reducing fire hazard, drastically reducing the number of red firseedlings, stimulating lodgepole seedlings, killing some matureslodgepole pine, killing few mature red fir, and stimulating increasesin some shrub species. Deer and bird populations appeared littleaffected. Soil erosion was negligible or absent as a result of theburning. It was concluded that fire suppression was of questionablevalue in red fir forest.


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