Fire is a natural ecological process, especially in the dry interior forests. However, fire exclusion by human intervention has changed the situation dramatically. A buildup of fuels over the past 60 years places these forests at greater risk of larger and more intense fires. This research extension note describes forests with frequent stand-maintaining surface fires (Natural Disturbance Type 4 in the Biodiversity Guidebook), explains the ecological role of fire and the consequences of its exclusion, presents options for managing these sites, and highlights a few research initiatives under way in the province.
Daigle, P.W.. 1996. Fire in the Dry Interior Forests of British Columbia. British Columbia Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. Extension Note (FLNRORD). EN8
Topic: FLNRORD Research Program
Keywords: Fire, Management
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