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Fire Patterns among Ecological Zones in the California Desert, 1984–2013


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Brooks, M.L., and Matchett, J.R., 2016, Fire Patterns among Ecological Zones in the California Desert, 1984–2013: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


The California desert occupies the southeastern 27% of California (11,028,300 ha, 110,283 km2 or 27,251,610 ac). It includes two ecoregional provinces comprised of five desert regions (“ecological sections”; Miles and Goudy 1997). The American Semi-Desert and Desert Province (warm deserts) includes the Mojave Desert, Sonoran Desert, and Colorado Desert sections in the southern 83% of the California desert. The Intermountain Semi-Desert Province (cold deserts) includes the Southeastern Great Basin and Mono sections in the northern 17% of the region. Previous analyses of fire patterns across the California desert have used point occurrence data. Point occurrence data can have limitations because they can: (1) represent the containment [...]

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Matthew L Brooks, John R Matchett
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Matthew L Brooks, John R Matchett
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These data were developed to assess recent patterns of large wildfires within major ecological zones of the California Desert.


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DOI doi:10.5066/F75B00MP

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