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Selected Fires from 2006

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Forest fire burning forest debri and trees.

Selected Wildfires

Each selected wildfire analyzed burned more than 1,000 acres of forestland (land that grows trees) on national forest in California. For each fire there is a summary table of the vegetation conditions; an image of the fire overlaid on a quadrangle map with the image highlighting the fire boundary and burned areas that are non forest, forested and deforested; and a pdf of the fire for download which also provides a clearer view of the fire.

Summary of All 2006 Fires Combined

Fire Incidents Exceeding 1,000 acres on National Forests in California - 2006
Selection Incident Name Forest(s) Incident Acres Notes
selected A Day Los Padres 161,816  
selected A Bake-Over (Bar Complex) Shasta-Trinity 65,048  
selected A Pigeon (Bar Complex) Shasta-Trinity 35,090  
selected B Hancock Klamath 21,866  
not sel Horse Cleveland 16,678  
selected A Hunter Mendocino 16,234  
selected B Somes Six Rivers 15,506  
not sel Perkins Los Padres 13,392  
not sel Millard San Bernardino 10,451  
not sel Esperanza San Bernardino 8,517  
selected A Ralston Tahoe, Eldorado 8,421  
not sel Sawmill Inyo 6,144  
selected A Titus (Happy Camp Complex) Klamath 6,076  
selected B Rush Six Rivers 4,872  
not sel Tamarack WFU Sequoia 4,656  
not sel Bald (San Rafael Complex) Los Padres 4,322  
selected B Uncles Klamath 3,833 90th percentile
not sel Sage Modoc 3,778  
not sel Broder / Beck WFU   3,492  
selected A Boulder (Boulder Complex) Plumas 2,919  
not sel Hotlum   2,515  
not sel Pinnacles   2,506  
not sel Goodale   2,483  
not sel Maggie   2,098  
selected A Bassetts Tahoe 2,097  
not sel Sierra   1,990  
not sel Harvey   1,247  
not sel Emerald   1,198  
not sel High   1,053 97th percentile
selected B Panther Six Rivers 905  
 
Table Key
Code Meaning
Selected A Large scale fires that would potentially require large scale investments in reforestation to maintain a forest cover.
Selected B Five other fires were examined and displayed out of interest in fire effects, with no expectation of reforestation needs.
Not Selected Seventeen other fires that were larger than 1,000 acres were not examined or displayed here because they did not burn in forested vegetation types outside wilderness areas or they burned in pinyon and/or juniper types.
 

Pie chart displaying post fire conditions from 2006 fires, Day, Bar Complex, Hancock, Hunter, Somes, Ralston, Titus, Rush, Uncles, Boulder Complex, Bassetts, Panther.  Deforested: Wilderness, etc. 25,000 acres or 12 percent.  Deforested: Not Wilderness, etc. 26,000 acres or 12 percent.  Forested: Not wilderness, etc. 51,000 acres or 24 percent.  Forested: wilderness, etc. 114,000 acres or 52 percent.

 

Day Fire, Bar Complex, Hancock Fire, Hunter Fire, Somes Fire, Ralston Fire, Titus Fire, Rush Fire, Uncles Fire, Boulder Complex, Bassetts Fire, Panther Fire

Summary of Vegetation Conditions after Selected 2006 Wildfires on National Forests in California (acres)
vegetation type treatments NOT permitted treatments permitted treatments permitted total within fire perimeter
deforested condition forested condition deforested condition forested condition deforested condition forested condition
steep ground
( > 30 % slope)
flat ground
( < 30 % slope)
alpine 223 637 0 17 0 9 886
fir 2,101 5,123 217 701 134 424 8,699
pine 2,211 1,806 1,869 4,225 4,074 3,308 17,493
Douglas -fir 5,708 65,365 1,494 18,224 815 4,574 96,182
mixed conifer 8,117 29,790 1,402 5,186 1,221 3,436 49,152
closed cone conifers 641 538 65 125 22 43 1,433
coastal conifer / cypress 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
pinyon juniper 2,206 902 3,803 1,666 9,570 2,233 20,380
hardwood 3,965 9,495 1,235 6,683 330 628 22,337
sub total 25,172 113,656 10,085 36,827 16,166 14,656 216,562
shrub / non-forest 122,607
other ownership 7,623
total 346,792
 

Note that almost all the acreage burned in these fires was on national forest system lands. Additionally, approximately 1/3 of the area burned is not forestland - trees don't grow there. Based upon the forestland alone, most of the burned area for these fires is in wilderness or wild and scenic river areas where reforestation work is not allowed and natural recovery must take place. Some of the approximately 50,000 acres now in a deforested condition will not recover to the same vegetation type but will convert to shrubland or perhaps grassland for the next several decades. Eventually these lands may return to a tree covered condition.

Outside of the wilderness and wild and scenic areas, approximately 26,000 acres will be considered for assisted recovery work. Assisted recovery work is any of a set of human activities that assist the natural recovery of trees. This work is done in order to restore the forest to a more natural condition as quickly as possible and to minimize the potential for invasive vegetation to move into the burned area. Treatments to the deforested areas will vary depending upon the location and the desired outcomes, but the goal of any recovery work is to quickly restore the forest's ability to provide the types of resources and values that people have come to expect from their forests. These resources and values include clean air and water, recreational opportunities, wildlife habitat, and scenic beauty; however, without reforestation, all of these values may be at risk.

 

Bar Fire

Summary of Vegetation Conditions after the Bar Fire on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest (acres)
vegetation type treatments NOT permitted treatments permitted treatments permitted total within fire perimeter
deforested condition forested condition deforested condition forested condition deforested condition forested condition
steep ground
( > 30 % slope)
flat ground
( < 30 % slope)
alpine 223 614 0 0 0 0 837
fir types 1,613 2,352 0 0 0 0 3,964
pine types 9 19 0 0 0 0 28
Douglas -fir 3,761 49,643 840 2,774 288 764 58,069
mixed conifer types 4,960 15,923 23 106 25 57 21,094
closed cone conifers 258 221 0 0 0 0 479
coastal conifer / cypress 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
pj 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
hardwood 1,238 5,674 782 1,162 128 182 9,166
sub total 12,062 74,446 1,646 4,041 440 1,003 93,638
shrub / non-forest 7,851
other ownership 162
total 101,652
 

Fire boundary shown with areas of forested, deforested, and not forested forestland.

 

Bassetts Fire

Summary of Vegetation Conditions after the Bassetts Fire on the Tahoe National Forest (acres)
vegetation type treatments NOT permitted treatments permitted treatments permitted total within fire perimeter
deforested condition forested condition deforested condition forested condition deforested condition forested condition
steep ground
( > 30 % slope)
flat ground
( < 30 % slope)
alpine 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
fir types 0 0 177 380 126 344 1027
pine types 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Douglas -fir 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
mixed conifer types 0 0 184 300 147 446 1077
closed cone conifers 0 0 0 8 0 18 26
coastal conifer / cypress 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
pj 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
hardwood 0 0 0 0 0 30 30
sub total 0 0 361 688 273 838 2160
shrub / non-forest 278
other ownership 163
total 2,600
 

Fire boundary shown with areas of forested, deforested, and not forested forestland.  Also shown are areas where treatments are not permitted.

 

Boulder Fire

Summary of Vegetation Conditions after the Boulder Fire on the Plumas National Forest (acres)
vegetation type treatments NOT permitted treatments permitted treatments permitted total within fire perimeter
deforested condition forested condition deforested condition forested condition deforested condition forested condition
steep ground
( > 30 % slope)
flat ground
( < 30 % slope)
alpine 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
fir 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
pine 0 0 187 28 419 251 885
Douglas -fir 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
mixed conifer 0 0 538 452 667 791 2,448
closed cone conifers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
coastal conifer / cypress 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
pinyon juniper 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
hardwood 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
sub total 0 0 725 480 1,086 1,042 3,333
shrub / non-forest 148
other ownership 7
total 3,488
 

Fire boundary shown with areas of forested, deforested, and not forested forestland.

 

Day Fire

Summary of Vegetation Conditions after the Day Fire on the Los Padres National Forest (acres)
vegetation type treatments NOT permitted treatments permitted treatments permitted total within fire perimeter
deforested condition forested condition deforested condition forested condition deforested condition forested condition
steep ground
( > 30 % slope)
flat ground
( < 30 % slope)
alpine 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
fir types 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
pine types 2,201 1,771 1,575 2,237 3,597 2,633 14,014
Douglas -fir 1,342 2,211 38 165 5 16 3,778
mixed conifer types 1,464 3,412 198 891 175 239 6,378
closed cone conifers 363 308 0 0 0 0 671
coastal conifer / cypress 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
pj 2,206 902 3,803 1,666 9,570 2,233 20,380
hardwood 2,388 2,389 186 237 167 112 5,479
sub total 9,964 10,993 5,800 5,196 13,514 5,233 50,700
shrub / non-forest 108,363
other ownership 3,367
total 162,431
 

Fire boundary shown with areas of forested, deforested, and not forested forestland.

 

Hancock Fire

Summary of Vegetation Conditions after the Hancock Fire on the Klamath National Forest (acres)
vegetation type treatments NOT permitted treatments permitted treatments permitted total within fire perimeter
deforested condition forested condition deforested condition forested condition deforested condition forested condition
steep ground
( > 30 % slope)
flat ground
( < 30 % slope)
alpine 0 8 0 0 0 0 8
fir types 76 1,132 0 0 0 0 1,208
pine types 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Douglas -fir 370 12,238 0 126 0 16 12,750
mixed conifer types 654 4,134 0 0 0 0 4,788
closed cone conifers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
coastal conifer / cypress 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
pj 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
hardwood 284 1,137 0 0 0 0 1,421
sub total 1384 18649 0 126 0 16 20,175
shrub / non-forest 1,644
other ownership 6
total 21,825
 

Fire boundary shown with areas of forested, deforested, and not forested forestland.

 

Hunter Fire

Summary of Vegetation Conditions after the Hunter Fire on the Mendocino National Forest (acres)
vegetation type treatments NOT permitted treatments permitted treatments permitted total within fire perimeter
deforested condition forested condition deforested condition forested condition deforested condition forested condition
steep ground
( > 30 % slope)
flat ground
( < 30 % slope)
alpine 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
fir 0 0 0 2 0 26 161
pine 0 0 7 187 7 161 362
Douglas -fir 0 10 351 3,620 501 2,708 7,190
mixed conifer 0 6 334 2,426 195 1,759 4,720
closed cone conifers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
coastal conifer / cypress 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
pinyon juniper 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
hardwood 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
sub total 0 16 692 6,235 703 4,654 12,433
shrub / non-forest 1,506
other ownership 1,218
total 15,157
 

Fire boundary shown with areas of forested, deforested, and not forested forestland.  Also shown are areas where treatments are not permitted.

 

Panther Fire

Summary of Vegetation Conditions after the Panther Fire on the Six Rivers National Forest (acres)
vegetation type treatments NOT permitted treatments permitted treatments permitted total within fire perimeter
deforested condition forested condition deforested condition forested condition deforested condition forested condition
steep ground
( > 30 % slope)
flat ground
( < 30 % slope)
alpine 0 0 0 17 0 9 26
fir types 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
pine types 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Douglas -fir 0 18 0 407 0 202 626
mixed conifer types 0 0 0 10 0 14 24
closed cone conifers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
coastal conifer / cypress 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
pj 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
hardwood 0 8 0 63 0 17 89
sub total 0 27 0 497 0 242 765
shrub / non-forest 10
other ownership 215
total 990
 

Fire boundary shown with areas of forested, deforested, and not forested forestland.

 

Ralston Fire

Summary of Vegetation Conditions after the Ralston Fire on the Eldorado & Tahoe National Forests (acres)
vegetation type treatments NOT permitted treatments permitted treatments permitted total within fire perimeter
deforested condition forested condition deforested condition forested condition deforested condition forested condition
steep ground
( > 30 % slope)
flat ground
( < 30 % slope)
alpine 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
fir 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
pine 1 10 100 1,758 51 260 2,179
Douglas -fir 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
mixed conifer 0 0 1 65 0 50 116
closed cone conifers 0 0 62 117 22 26 226
coastal conifer / cypress 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
pinyon juniper 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
hardwood 0 36 145 2,979 22 191 3,373
sub total 1 47 307 4,919 95 526 5,895
shrub / non-forest 338
other ownership 2,360
total 8,593
 

Fire boundary shown with areas of forested, deforested, and not forested forestland.  Also shown are areas where treatments are not permitted.

 

Rush Fire

Summary of Vegetation Conditions after the Rush Fire on the Six Rivers National Forest (acres)
vegetation type treatments NOT permitted treatments permitted treatments permitted total within fire perimeter
deforested condition forested condition deforested condition forested condition deforested condition forested condition
steep ground
( > 30 % slope)
flat ground
( < 30 % slope)
alpine 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
fir types 105 324 0 7 0 19 454
pine types 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Douglas -fir 21 481 0 0 0 6 508
mixed conifer types 337 3,221 0 98 0 30 3,686
closed cone conifers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
coastal conifer / cypress 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
pj 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
hardwood 16 250 0 0 0 0 267
sub total 479 4276 0 105 0 55 4,915
shrub / non-forest 87
other ownership 13
total 5,014
 

Fire boundary shown with areas of forested, deforested, and not forested forestland.

 

Somes Fire

Summary of Vegetation Conditions after the Somes Fire on the Six Rivers National Forest (acres)
vegetation type treatments NOT permitted treatments permitted treatments permitted total within fire perimeter
deforested condition forested condition deforested condition forested condition deforested condition forested condition
steep ground
( > 30 % slope)
flat ground
( < 30 % slope)
alpine 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
fir types 0 0 39 280 8 31 359
pine types 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Douglas -fir 0 21 166 10,478 12 798 11,475
mixed conifer types 0 0 124 744 11 45 924
closed cone conifers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
coastal conifer / cypress 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
pj 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
hardwood 0 0 10 2,194 0 91 2,295
sub total 0 21 338 13,696 32 965 15,053
shrub / non-forest 169
other ownership 72
total 15,294
 

Fire boundary shown with areas of forested, deforested, and not forested forestland.  Also shown are areas where treatments are not permitted.

 

Titus Fire

Summary of Vegetation Conditions after the Titus Fire on the Klamath National Forest (acres)
vegetation type treatments NOT permitted treatments permitted treatments permitted total within fire perimeter
deforested condition forested condition deforested condition forested condition deforested condition forested condition
steep ground
( > 30 % slope)
flat ground
( < 30 % slope)
alpine 0 2 0 0 0 0 2
fir 106 875 0 32 0 5 1,018
pine 0 6 0 15 0 3 25
Douglas -fir 196 599 100 655 9 66 1,625
mixed conifer 284 1,477 1 95 0 4 1,862
closed cone conifers 19 9 4 0 0 0 32
coastal conifer / cypress 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
pinyon juniper 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
hardwood 39 0 112 47 13 5 217
sub total 645 2,969 216 844 23 83 4,780
shrub / non-forest 1,251
other ownership 40
total 6,071
 

Fire boundary shown with areas of forested, deforested, and not forested forestland.  Also shown are areas where treatments are not permitted.

 

Uncles Fire

Summary of Vegetation Conditions after the Uncles Fire on the Klamath National Forest (acres)
vegetation type treatments NOT permitted treatments permitted treatments permitted total within fire perimeter
deforested condition forested condition deforested condition forested condition deforested condition forested condition
steep ground
( > 30 % slope)
flat ground
( < 30 % slope)
alpine 0 14 0 0 0 0 14
fir types 201 439 0 0 0 0 640
pine types 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Douglas -fir 18 143 0 0 0 0 161
mixed conifer types 418 1616 0 0 0 0 2,034
closed cone conifers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
coastal conifer / cypress 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
pj 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
hardwood 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
sub total 637 2212 0 0 0 0 2,849
shrub / non-forest 962
other ownership 0
total 3,811
 

Fire boundary shown with areas of forested, deforested, and not forested forestland.





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