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Estimating the influence of field inventory sampling intensity on forest landscape model performance for determining high-severity wildfire risk

Year of Publication
2024
Publication Type

Historically, fire has been essential in Southwestern US forests. However, a century of fire-exclusion and changing climate created forests which are more susceptible to uncharacteristically severe wildfires. Forest managers use a combination of thinning and prescribed burning to reduce forest density to help mitigate the risk of high-severity fires.

Thinning and prescribed burning increase shade-tolerant conifer regeneration in a fire excluded mixed-conifer forest

Year of Publication
2024
Publication Type

Fire exclusion and past management have altered the composition, structure, and function of frequent-fire forests throughout western North America. In mixed-conifer forests of the California Sierra Nevada, fire exclusion has exacerbated the effects of drought and endemic bark beetles, resulting in extensive mortality of fire-adapted pine species.

Downwind Fire and Smoke Detection during a Controlled Burn—Analyzing the Feasibility and Robustness of Several Downwind Wildfire Sensing Modalities through Real World Applications

Year of Publication
2023
Publication Type

Wildfires have played an increasing role in wreaking havoc on communities, livelihoods, and ecosystems globally, often starting in remote regions and rapidly spreading into inhabited areas where they become difficult to suppress due to their size and unpredictability.

Long-term effects of fuel treatments, overstory structure, and wildfire on tree regeneration in dry forests of Central Washington

Year of Publication
2020
Publication Type

The long-term eectiveness of dry-forest fuels treatments (restoration thinning andprescribed burning) depends, in part, on the pace at which trees regenerate and recruit into theoverstory. Knowledge of the factors that shape post-treatment regeneration and growth is limitedby the short timeframes and simple disturbance histories of past research.

Fuel Treatments and Fire Severity: A Meta-Analysis

Year of Publication
2013
Publication Type

We employed meta-analysis and information theory to synthesize findings reported in the literature on the effects of fuel treatments on subsequent fire intensity and severity. Data were compiled from 19 publications that reported observed fire responses from 62 treated versus untreated contrasts.