David P. Smith

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Rangeland Resources Research Unit
USDA-Agricultural Research Service
1701 Centre Avenue
Fort Collins, Colorado 80525, USA

Publications in Fire Ecology

Characteristics of Burns Conducted under Modified Prescriptions to Mitigate Limited Fuels in a Semi-Arid Grassland
Pages: 36-47
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.1002036

In semi-arid grasslands of the North American Great Plains, fire has traditionally been viewed as having few management applications, and quantitative measurements of fire behavior in the low fuel loads characteristic of this region are lacking. More recently, land managers have recognized potential applications of prescribed fire to control undesirable plant species and to manage habitat for wildlife in this region. Working in the shortgrass steppe of northeastern Colorado over a 7-year period, we quantified peak temperatures, heating duration, and heat dosage produced near ground level during prescribed burns conducted under a wide range of fuel loads and weather conditions.  [Read More]

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