Kevin C. Ryan

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Fire Sciences Laboratory, Rocky Mountain Research ...
USDA Forest Service
5775 Highway 10 W
Missoula , MT 59808, United States

Publications in Fire Ecology

Using Bark Char Codes to Predict Post-fire Cambium Mortality
Pages: 57-73
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.0401057

Cambium injury is an important factor in post-fire tree survival. Measurements that quantify the degree of bark charring on tree stems after fire are often used as surrogates for direct cambium injury because they are relatively easy to assign and are non-destructive. However, bark char codes based on these measurements have been inadequately tested to determine how well they relate to live or dead cambium.  [Read More]

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Introduction: Strengthening the Foundation of Wildland Fire Effects Prediction for Research and Management
Pages: 1-12
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.0601001

As prescribed fire use increases and the options for responding to wildfires continue to expand beyond suppression, the need for improving fire effects prediction capabilities becomes increasingly apparent. The papers in this Fire Ecology special issue describe recent advances in fire effects prediction for key classes of direct (first-order) fire effects. Important gaps in predictive capabilities exist in pre-, active-, and post-fire measurement technology; in our ability to predict heat deposition to soil and plant surfaces from knowledge of fuels and models that simulate smoldering combustion, flame spread, and plume dynamics; in our ability to predict above and below ground plant heating and injury; in our understanding of the physiological causes of plant mortality; and in our knowledge of direct effects of fire on fauna and their habitats.  [Read More]

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