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Lessons from the fires of 2000: Post-fire heterogeneity in ponderosa pine forests

August 9, 2015

We evaluate burn-severity patterns for six burns that occurred in the southern Rocky Mountains and the Colorado Plateau in 2000. We compare the results of two data sources: Burned Area Rehabilitations Teams (BAER) and a spatial burnseverity model derived from satellite imagery (the Normalized Burn Ratio; NBR). BAER maps tended to overestimate area of severe burns and underestimate area of moderate-severity burns relative to NBR maps. Low elevation and more southern ponderosa pine burns were predominantly understory burns, whereas burns at higher elevations and farther north had a greater component of high-severity burns. Thus, much, if not most, of the area covered by these burns appears to be consistent with historic burns and contributes to healthy functioning ecosystems.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2003
Title Lessons from the fires of 2000: Post-fire heterogeneity in ponderosa pine forests
DOI
Authors Natasha B. Kotliar, Sandra L. Haire, Carl H. Key
Publication Type Conference Paper
Publication Subtype Conference Paper
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Series Number
Index ID 70159996
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center