Skip to Main Content
Assessment of fire effects based on Forest Inventory and Analysis data and a long-term fire mapping data setAuthor(s): John D. Shaw; Sara A. Goeking; James Menlove; Charles E. Werstak
Source: Journal of Forestry. 115(4): 258-269.
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
Download Publication (801.0 KB)
DescriptionIntegration of Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) plot data with Monitoring Trends in Burn Severity (MTBS) data can provide new information about fire effects on forests. This integration allowed broad-scale assessment of the cover types burned in large fires, the relationship between prefire stand conditions and fire severity, and postfire stand conditions. Of the 42.5 million acres burned in eight Interior West states since 1984, 41.4% was forestland. Forest types with the most burned acreage were ponderosa pine, lodgepole pine, and Douglas-fir. Nearly 35% of plots had no live basal area of trees ≥5 in. diameter remaining postfire, but 32% of plots had greater than 40 ft2/ac of residual live basal area. Residual basal area appeared to decline slightly with time since fire, suggesting low mortality rates among survivor trees. Seedlings appeared to reach peak density 5-10 years postfire, and sapling density increased monotonically for at least 25 years postfire. Data from remeasured FIA plots indicate that the highest MTBS severity class is related to high prefire basal area. At a regional scale, MTBS severity classes represent significantly different levels of mean live basal area reductions, ranging from 4% for areas of very low fire severity to 89% for high-severity areas. Severity classes are less distinguishable for individual forest-type groups.
- You may send email to email@example.com to request a hard copy of this publication.
- (Please specify exactly which publication you are requesting and your mailing address.)
- We recommend that you also print this page and attach it to the printout of the article, to retain the full citation information.
- This article was written and prepared by U.S. Government employees on official time, and is therefore in the public domain.
CitationShaw, John D.; Goeking, Sara A.; Menlove, James; Werstak, Charles E., Jr. 2017. Assessment of fire effects based on Forest Inventory and Analysis data and a long-term fire mapping data set. Journal of Forestry. 115(4): 258-269.
Keywordsforest monitoring, wildfire, fire severity, Monitoring Trends in Burn Severity (MTBS), Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA), regeneration
- Mountain pine beetle-caused mortality over eight years in two pine hosts in mixed-conifer stands of the southern Rocky Mountains
- Wildfire severity and postfire salvage harvest effects on long‐term forest regeneration
- Estimating postfire changes in production and value of Northern Rocky Mountain-Intermountain rangelands
XML: View XML