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    Author(s): Beaty R. Matthew; Taylor Alan H.
    Date: 2008
    Source: In: Narog, Marcia G., tech. coord. 2008. Proceedings of the 2002 Fire Conference: Managing fire and fuels in the remaining wildlands and open spaces of the Southwestern United States. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-189. Albany, CA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station. p. 123-130
    Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
    Station: Pacific Southwest Research Station
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    This paper reviews recent research from California on geographic variability in mixed conifer
    (MC) forest fire regimes. MC forests are typically described as having experienced primarily
    frequent, low to moderate severity burns prior to fire suppression that created a mosaic of
    vegetation patches with variable structure. Research throughout California generally supports
    this view, but recent research demonstrates that fire regimes and vegetation patterns in the
    MC zone were more complex and displayed significant spatial and temporal variability at
    landscape and regional scales. At the landscape scale, patterns of fire severity and fire return
    intervals varied with forest composition and environmental setting (e.g., fire frequency
    generally decreases from south to north facing slopes). There were also apparent regional
    differences in some fire regime parameters (e.g., season of burn, fire severity) and not in
    others (e.g., fire return interval). The degree of geographic variation in MC forest fire regimes
    suggests that researchers should be cautious when extrapolating relationships between fire
    regimes and forest structure that are observed in one area to other locations.

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    Beaty, R. Matthew ; Taylor, Alan H. 2008. Geographic variation in mixed-conifer forest fire regimes in California. In: Narog, Marcia G., tech. coord. 2008. Proceedings of the 2002 Fire Conference: Managing fire and fuels in the remaining wildlands and open spaces of the Southwestern United States. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-189. Albany, CA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station. p. p. 123-130

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