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Fire behavioral changes as a result of sudden oak death in coastal California forestsAuthor(s): Y. Vlachovic; C. Lee; H. Scanlon; J.M. Varner; R. Glebocki; B.D. Graham; D.M. Rizzo
Source: In: Frankel, S.J.; Kliejunas, J.T.; Palmieri, K.M.; Alexander, J.M. tech. coords. Proceedings of the sudden oak death fifth science symposium. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-243. Albany, CA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station: p. 61
Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
Station: Pacific Southwest Research Station
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DescriptionField observations and anecdotal evidence suggest that sudden oak death (SOD), a disease caused by the pathogen Phytophthora ramorum, may alter fuel loading in affected forests. Though it is reasonable to assume that a disease resulting in leaf blight, dead branches, and tree mortality would increase forest fuels, little work has been done to support or quantify this important issue. We compared fuel loading in P. ramorum-infested Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii (Mirb.) Franco)-tanoak (Notholithocarpus densiflorus (Hook. & Arn.) Manos, Cannon & S.H. Oh) forests of northwestern California to 1) assess whether the continued presence of this pathogen alters surface fuel loading, 2) model potential fire behavior in affected stands, and 3) evaluate potential impacts on firefighting response in infested areas.
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CitationVlachovic, Y.; Lee, C.; Scanlon, H.; Varner, J.M.; Glebocki, R.; Graham, B.D.; Rizzo, D.M. 2013. Fire behavioral changes as a result of sudden oak death in coastal California forests. In: Frankel, S.J.; Kliejunas, J.T.; Palmieri, K.M.; Alexander, J.M. tech. coords. Proceedings of the sudden oak death fifth science symposium. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-243. Albany, CA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station: p. 61.
KeywordsSudden oak death, Phytophthora ramorum, invasive species, tanoak, Notholithocarpus densiflorus, coast live oak, Quercus agrifolia, Japanese larch, Larix kaempferi
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