Measuring forest restoration effectiveness in reducing hazardous fuels

P. Z. Fulé, A. E.M. Waltz, W. W. Covington, T. A. Heinlein

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Abstract

Forest restoration treatments of thinning young trees followed by prescribed burning in northwestern Arizona led to significantly lower stand density, lower crown fuel load, and higher crown base height than untreated stands. Simulated fire under extreme weather conditions caused 48 percent more canopy burning and higher flame lengths, heat/area, and rate of spread in untreated stands. Wind speeds required for passive crown fire (torching) were twice as high in treated stands. Treated stands were highly heterogeneous, but restoration treatments clearly enhanced crown-fire resistance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)24-29
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Forestry
Volume99
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1 2001

Keywords

  • Fire management
  • Prescribed burning
  • Thinning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Forestry
  • Plant Science

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