Ralph Godfrey

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Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge
US Fish and Wildlife Service
32 Refuge Headquarters
Indiahoma , OK 73552, United States

Publications in Fire Ecology

Fire, Drought, and Human History near the Western Terminus of the Cross Timbers, Wichita Mountains, Oklahoma, USA
Pages: 51-65
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.0502051

Dendrochronological methods were applied to reconstruct the historic occurrence of fires at a Cross Timbers forest-grassland transition site within the Wichita Mountains of southwestern Oklahoma, USA. Sixty fire events occurred within the period 1712 to 2006 (294 years). The mean fire interval (MFI) was 4.4 years for a pre-Euro-American settlement period (pre-1901) and increased to a MFI of 5.2 years after 1901. During the period between 1855 and 1880, which corresponds with the prolonged severe drought called the Civil War drought, the mean fire interval was 1.7 years.  [Read More]

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