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Fire Risk Frequency Analysis of the South Central Plains (1996-2015)

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Shafer, M., Hays, A., Hays, B., Weir, J., 2017, Fire Risk Frequency Analysis of the South Central Plains (1996-2015): https://dx.doi.org/10.21429/C93D0X.

Summary

Fire is a natural and necessary component of the South Central Plains ecosystem. However, fire suppression and more frequent droughts in the region have resulted in a build-up of dry fuels loads such as dead wood, resulting in fires that burn hotter and impact the landscape more severely. Uncontrolled wildfires have cost the region several billion dollars in the past five years. Further, fire suppression has resulted in substantial losses in native plant biodiversity and wildlife habitat, which also has costly implications. In Oklahoma alone, it’s estimated that $157 million will be required to restore rangelands to their native conditions. Of further concern is the fact that projected changes in climate indicate that the region will [...]

Contacts

Author :
Mark Shafer
Co-Investigator :
Amy Hays, Brian Hays, John Weir
Distributor :
U.S. Geological Survey - ScienceBase
Metadata Contact :
Mark Shafer

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Changing Fire Regimes Data.zip 78.81 MB
Fire Risk Frequency Analysis of the South Central Plains (1996-2015).xml
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Purpose

This dataset was created to analyze the 20-year change in the number of days that were suitable for prescribed burns across the Southern Plains. This includes an analysis using one set of weather thresholds (base thresholds) across the region, an analysis with individual thresholds, and an analysis with climate change conditions.

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Communities

  • National and Regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers
  • South Central CASC

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Theme
Organization
Drought, Fire and Extreme Weather
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Data source
Input directly

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doi https://www.sciencebase.gov/vocab/category/item/identifier https://doi.org/10.21429/C93D0X

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