Prescribed burning and wildfire risk in the 1998 fire season in Florida

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  • Authors: Pye, John M.; Prestemon, Jeffrey P.; Butry, David T.; Abt, Karen L.
  • Publication Year: 2003
  • Publication Series: Proceedings (P)
  • Source: In: Omi, Philip N.; Joyce, Linda A., technical editors. Fire, fuel treatments, and ecological restoration: Conference proceedings; 2002 16-18 April; Fort Collins, CO. Proceedings RMRS-P-29. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 15-26

Abstract

Measures of understory burning activity in and around FIA plots in northeastern Florida were not significantly associated with reduced burning probability in the extreme fire season of 1998. In this unusual year, burn probability was greatest on ordinarily wetter sites, especially baldcypress stands, and positively associated with understory vegetation. Moderate amounts of lightning also were associated with greater burning probability. Factors associated with reduced burn probability included road density and nearby requests for site preparation or seed tree burns, perhaps a proxy for other intensive forest management practices. Alternative tactics may prove more effective than fuel reduction in extreme years.

  • Citation: Pye, John M.; Prestemon, Jeffrey P.; Butry, David T.; Abt, Karen L. 2003. Prescribed burning and wildfire risk in the 1998 fire season in Florida. In: Omi, Philip N.; Joyce, Linda A., technical editors. Fire, fuel treatments, and ecological restoration: Conference proceedings; 2002 16-18 April; Fort Collins, CO. Proceedings RMRS-P-29. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 15-26
  • Keywords: wildfire risk assessment, fuels management, forest inventory
  • Posted Date: January 1, 2000
  • Modified Date: September 7, 2018
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