Rob Klein

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
National Park Service
Gatlinburg , TN 37738, United States

Publications in Fire Ecology

Patterns in Lightning-caused Fires at Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Pages: 68-82
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.0302068

Fires that burn unimpeded behave differently than suppressed or prescribed (management-ignited) fires. Studying this fire behavior increases our understanding of historic fire regimes. Wildland fire use policy allows for managing lightning-caused fires for resource benefit without suppressing them provided specific pre-defined conditions are met. Great Smoky Mountains National Park has managed ten fires under this policy from 1998 to 2006. Data from these fires and data from park fire reports for suppressed lightning-caused fires since 1940 were examined to illustrate patterns for non-anthropogenic fires.  [Read More]

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