Good Fire, Bad Fire: How To Think About Forest Land Management and Ecological Processes

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Title: Good Fire, Bad Fire

Author: Kaufmann, M.R. , Shlisky, A. , Marchand, P.

Subject: Management, Ecological Restoration

Abstract: When Colorados Hayman fire erupted on June 9, 2002, it did something no one had witnessed in the Front Range of the Rockies. The fire swept into a solid forest canopy of ponderosa pine and Douglas-fir and raced 19 miles in a single day, sending convection currents to 21,000 feet and sparking new blazes more than a mile ahead of its blistering front. Nothing like it had happened in Colorados recorded history. No amount of air support or ground attack could stop it. Fire crews could only get people out of the way. Fighters couldnt contain the conflagration for the next 10 days. When weather finally slowed the fire, it had touched 138,000 acres and set an ominous record: 60,000 acres of nearly total forest destruction. While smaller-scale, stand-renewing fires appear throughout the tree-ring record in the southern Rocky Mountains, this was the worst known fire in at least 700 years. Conditions...

Date: 2005

Type: Research Paper

Source: Unpublished

Identifier: 16p.

Publisher: USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station,

Format: PDF

Language: English