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Quantitative Evidence for Increasing Forest Fire Severity in the Sierra Nevada and Southern Cascade Mountains, California and Nevada, USA

J.D.M.ller; H.D.S.fford; M.C.immins; A.E.T.ode

Ecosystems 12(1): 16-32

2009


ISSN/ISBN: 1432-9840
DOI: 10.1007/s10021-008-9201-9
Accession: 023444848

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Recent research has concluded that forest wildfires in the western United States are becoming larger and more frequent. A more significant question may be whether the ecosystem impacts of wildfire are also increasing. We show that a large area (approximately 120000 km2) of California and western Nevada experienced a notable increase in the extent of forest stand-replacing ("high severity") fire between 1984 and 2006.

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