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    Author(s): Peter R. Robichaud; Hakjun Rhee; Sarah A. Lewis
    Date: 2014
    Source: International Journal of Wildland Fire. 23: 929-944.
    Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
    Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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    Over 1200 post-fire assessment and treatment implementation reports from four decades (1970s-2000s) of western US forest fires have been examined to identify decadal patterns in fire characteristics and the justifications and expenditures for the post-fire treatments. The main trends found were: (1) the area burned by wildfire increased over time and the rate of increase accelerated after 1990; (2) the proportions of burned area assessed as low, moderate and high burn severity likely have remained fairly constant over time, but the use of satellite imagery that began c. 2000 increased the resolution of burn severity assessments leading to an apparent decreased proportion of high burn severity during the 2000s; (3) treatment justifications reflected regional concerns (e.g. soil productivity in areas of timber harvest) and generally reflected increased human encroachment in the wildland-urban interface; (4) modifications to roads were the most frequently recommended post-fire treatment type; (5) seeding was the most frequently used land treatment, but declined in use over time; (6) use of post-fire agricultural straw mulch has steadily increased because of proven success; and (7) the greatest post-fire expenditures have been for land treatments applied over large areas to protect important resources (e.g. municipal water sources).

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    Robichaud, Peter R.; Rhee, Hakjun; Lewis, Sarah A. 2014. A synthesis of post-fire Burned Area Reports from 1972 to 2009 for western US Forest Service lands: Trends in wildfire characteristics and post-fire stabilisation treatments and expenditures. International Journal of Wildland Fire. 23: 929-944.


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    BAER, Burned Area Emergency Response, erosion control, post-fire assessment, rehabilitation, treatment expenditure, values-at-risk

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