Power Fire; 10 yrs post-fire

Wildfire Patterns

Using satellite-derived measures of burn severity (RnDBR), and historical fire perimeter data, I’ve assessed how fire severity is influenced by previous fire history, and how landscape patterns of burn severity matrices are changing over time in response to climate change and forest management/fire suppression. This work has resulted in two publications, which can be found here and here.

A lack of fire in yellow pine and mixed conifer forests (through exclusion or luck), leads to more high-severity when it does burn. Grey curves are model predictions for fires in the Sierra Nevada, the blue curve is fore the forest type in general. Figure from Steel et al. 2015.