This study was funded by the Joint Fire Science Program (#07-1-2-13) and the USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station.; We thank members of the Fire and Environmental Research Applications team including Travis Freed, Cameron Balog, Jon Dvorak, Amy Jirka, Phil Monsanto, Joe Restaino, Shawn Smith and Aarin Sengisirirak for field assistance. We thank John Daily, Gary Reed, Tom Ketchum, Meg Trebon, Tom Leuschen and Rick Lind for information on the Tripod Complex fires. We thank Bob Vihnanek for field crew supervision, Paige Eagle for database analysis, Robert Norheim and Travis Freed for GIS analysis, and Maureen Kennedy for statistical assistance.
The 2006 Tripod Complex fires burned over 70,000 hectares of dry mixed conifer forests in north-central Washington state. Recent fuel treatments burned in the wildfire offered an opportunity to quantitatively evaluate if fuel treatment effectively mitigated fire severity. We quantified the relative effect of two common fuel treatments: mechanical thinning only and mechanical thinning followed by prescribed burning. Data collected included standard fuels transect and tree parameters, including tree height, crown and bole scorch, species, and diameter.
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Prichard, Susan J.; Peterson, David L. 2015. Data to support evaluation of fuel treatment effectiveness in the 2006 Tripod Complex fires. Fort Collins, CO: Forest Service Research Data Archive. https://doi.org/10.2737/RDS-2015-0017