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Lessons from the fires of 2000: Post-fire heterogeneity in ponderosa pine forests

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Natasha B. Kotliar, Sandra L. Haire, and Carl H. Key, 2003, Lessons from the fires of 2000: Post-fire heterogeneity in ponderosa pine forests: U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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We evaluate burn-severity patterns for six burns that occurred in the southern Rocky Mountains and the Colorado Plateau in 2000. We compare the results of two data sources: Burned Area Rehabilitations Teams (BAER) and a spatial burnseverity model derived from satellite imagery (the Normalized Burn Ratio; NBR). BAER maps tended to overestimate area of severe burns and underestimate area of moderate-severity burns relative to NBR maps. Low elevation and more southern ponderosa pine burns were predominantly understory burns, whereas burns at higher elevations and farther north had a greater component of high-severity burns. Thus, much, if not most, of the area covered by these burns appears to be consistent with historic burns and contributes [...]

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citationTypeConference Paper
conferenceConference on fire, fuel treatments, and ecological restoration: Proper place, appropriate time
languageEnglish

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