Fire History

Fire-scarred wood

Using fire history to inform present day management

Webinar registration. Can understanding historical fire data provide insights for supporting today’s desired ecological outcomes?

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The surprising history of wildfires and the West

View video (4:26) We’ve spent 100 years growing a tinderbox across the West. Now it’s wildfire season. Controlled burning – an indigenous tradition that’s been used for millennia – might be a...

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The return of fire

View short video (4:11) Fire researchers discuss the return of fire to western U.S. landscapes in the context of wildfire history.

Prescribed fire

Megafires: Climate change or land management?

View article. In the Western U.S., the 2020 fire season is setting new records in terms of geographic scale, fire intensity, and rates of spread. Tens of millions of people are currently...

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Disturbance refugia within mosaics of forest fire, drought, and insect outbreaks

View article. Disturbance refugia – locations that experience less severe or frequent disturbances than the surrounding landscape – provide a framework to highlight not only where and why these biological legacies persist...

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Historical range of variability (HRV): Uses and various approaches

Webinar recording. Description: Range of Variability (ROV) concepts – including Natural (NRV), Historic (HRV), Current (CRV), and Future (FRV) – are frequently used by the US Forest Service to help define land...

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Repeated fire altered succession and increased fire behavior in basin big sagebrush–native perennial grasslands

View article. The structure and composition of sagebrush‐dominated ecosystems have been altered by changes in fire regimes, land use, invasive species, and climate change. This often decreases resilience to disturbance and degrades...

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Fire and land cover change in the Palouse Prairie–forest ecotone, Washington and Idaho

View paper. Historically, the ecotone was a matrix of prairie with extensive savanna and some forest. More than half of the ecotone area was prairie, which is now dominated by agriculture, with...

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Ecology, history, ecohydrology, and management of PJ woodlands in the Great Basin

Webinar recording. Rick Miller, Professor Emeritus, OSU, discusses the intent and goals of his latest publication, The Ecology, History, Ecohydrology, and Management of Pinyon and Juniper Woodlands in the Great Basin and...

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Winter Isn’t Coming. Prepare for the Pyrocene.

Webinar recording. Humanity’s fire practices are creating the fire equivalent of an ice age. Our shift from burning living landscapes to burning lithic ones is affecting all aspects of Earth. Presenter is...

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