Hotter, Drier Climate Leads To More Tree Deaths From Fire

Jul 25, 2013
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Climate change is expected to amplify both droughts and wildfires across the western United States.  A new study from Phil van Mantgem, WERC alumnus Eric Knapp, and colleagues on forests throughout the U.S. West shows that the effects of drought and fire work in combination, such that forests experiencing drought will see more dead trees in the aftermath of wildfires. Study partners included USFS and NPS.