Fire Ecology
Volume 9 Issue 2, 2013
Fire Ecology
Volume 9 Issue 2, 2013

DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.0902 

About the Cover:
Image of a prescribed fire in a Wyoming sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata ssp. wyomingensis) community on Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge, Oregon, USA, taken September 2007.  The prescribed fire was done as one of the treatments for SageSTEP (Sagebrush Steppe Treatment Evaluation Project), a regional experiment evaluating methods of sagebrush steppe restoration in the Great Basin.  Research is looking at response of cheatgrass and native species to fire, mechanical treatments, and chemical treatments. 
Photo credit: Scott E. Shaff 
Spanish Abstracts

We now provide all of our abstracts in Spanish.  To view the Spanish version, click on the link that says "View Article PDF."

Upcoming AFE Events

We are currently planning our next 3 conferences.

Wildland Fire in the Appalachians:  Discussions Among Managers and Scientists.  

Roanoake, Virginia.  

Oct. 8-10, 2013.

September 1 is the deadline for the following:

  • Call for Posters
  • Last day to register without late fees
  • Nominations for the Stoddard Lifetime Achievement Award and the Student Excellence Awards
  • TREE student travel grants
  • Abstracts due for all presenters
  • Last day for presenters to register for the conference

Co-Sponsored by Consortium of Appalachian Fire Managers and Scientists (CAFMS)


Large Wildland Fires: Social, Political & Ecological Consequences.  

Missoula, Montana

May 19-23, 2014. 

In collaboration with IAWF. 

Call for presentations now open.  Registration to open September 1.  Call for workshops and special sessions still open.


6th International Fire Ecology and Management Congress.  

San Antonio, Texas, USA. November 16-20, 2015.

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In this Issue


The August 2013 issue of Fire Ecology, issue 9(2), is now available for viewing on the AFE website.  We continue our publication of classic fire ecology articles with Aubreville's 1947 The disappearance of the tropical forests of Africa, first published in 1947.  Our first forum article in several issues includes opinions by Sneeuwjagt and others about how California's fire use and management could be improved by adopting some lessons learned in Western Australia. 


These are followed by five research papers ranging in topic from desert to forest ecosystems.  McDonald and McPherson evaluate the effects of buffelgrass (Pennisetum ciliare) on fuels and fire temperatures in the Sonoran Desert.  Heckman and others investigate the effects of fire on radiocarbon signatures and organic matter in southwestern Oregon.  Evers and others apply a state-and-transition modeling framework to sagebrush-steppe ecosystems of eastern Oregon.  Nelson and others present the results of the LANDFIRE Refresh program, which provides comprehensive vegetation and fuel datasets for the entire United States.  In the last research paper, Kodandapani illustrates contrasting fire regimes in tropical dry forest and savanna in the Western Ghats area of India.  Finally, we present a  book review of Ignition Stories, an ethnography of fire use in Indonesia, written by Cynthia Fowler and reviewed by Don Hankins.


We also note two new and significant developments for the journal.  First, beginning with this issue, we are providing a Spanish language abstract with each forum and  research article.  We hope this will make Fire Ecology more useful to our international audience.  Second, we are now being indexed by Thomson Reuters ISI Web of Science.  We are also indexed by AGRICOLA, Biosis Previews, Current Contents, Google Scholar, Scopus, and the Science Citation Index.  These additions indicate that Fire Ecology has joined the ranks of the most prestigious international journals, and will be the journal of choice for significant research in fire ecology.  Congratulation to our past editors, past and current associate editors, technical editors, webmasters, and authors for their hard work in gaining this milestone.


-James K. Agee,  Fire Ecology Managing Editor

Classic Article

The Disappearance of the Tropical Forests of Africa, with an Introduction by Mark A. Cochrane

Pages: 1-13     DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.0902001
A well-known botanist, Andr� Marie A. Aubr�ville (1897-1982) was already a decorated veteran of the trench warfare in France during World War I before he ever discovered forestry. After the war, he found his way to the tropics, serving as a forest engineer throughout the French Empire's vast array of African colonies.   Read Complete Abstract   View Article PDF

Forum: Issues, Management, Policy, and Opinions

Opportunities for Improved Fire Use and Management in California: Lessons from Western Australia 

Pages: 14-25     DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.0902014
As the large scale of fuel treatments needed to promote ecosystem health and reduce heavy fuel loads becomes clear in California's mixed conifer forests, managers are beginning to focus on how to scale up prescribed fire use in order to treat a meaningful portion of the landscape.  Read Complete Abstract   View Article PDF

Research Articles

Creating Hotter Fires in the Sonoran Desert: Buffelgrass Produces Copious Fuels and High Fire Temperatures

Pages: 26-39    
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.0902026
Buffelgrass (Pennisetum ciliare [L.] Link) can create a grass-fire cycle in many parts of the world because it is a highly competitive, fire-tolerant grass and can replace less fire-tolerant native plants. Fuel loads, loss of buffelgrass biomass after herbicide treatments, and allometric data of buffelgrass growth were measured across sites in southern Arizona, USA.   Read Complete Abstract   View Article PDF

The Influence of Fire on the Radiocarbon Signature and Character of Soil Organic Matter in the Siskiyou National Forest, Oregon, USA

Pages: 40-56    
DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.0902040
Forest fires contribute a significant amount of CO2 to the atmosphere each year, and CO2 emissions from fires are likely to increase under projected conditions of global climate change. In addition to volatilizing aboveground biomass and litter layers, forest fires have a profound effect on belowground carbon (C) pools and the cycling of soil organic matter as a whole.   Read Complete Abstract   View Article PDF 

Potential Effects of Disturbance Types and Environmental Variability on Sagebrush-Steppe Community Dynamics

Pages: 57-79     DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.0902057

While fire is widely recognized as an important factor shaping sagebrush (Artemisia spp.) ecosystems, little is known about the role other natural events play in these systems.  Read Complete Abstract    View Article PDF 
The Landfire Refresh Strategy: Updating the National Dataset

Pages:80-101    DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.0902080

The LANDFIRE Program provides comprehensive vegetation and fuel datasets for the entire United States. As with many large-scale ecological datasets, vegetation and landscape conditions must be updated periodically to account for disturbances, growth, and natural succession.  Read Complete Abstract    View Article PDF

Contrasting Fire Regimes in a Seasonally Dry Tropical Forest and a Savanna Ecosystem in the Western Ghats, India

Pages: 102-115     DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.0902102

Tropical dry forests and savannas constitute more than half of all tropical forests and grasslands, but little is known about forest fire regimes within these two extensive types of ecosystems. Forest fire regimes in a predominantly dry forest in India, the Nilgiri landscape, and a predominantly savanna ecosystem in the Sathyamangalam landscape, were examined.  Read Complete Abstract    View Article PDF

Book Review

Ignition Stories: Indigenous Fire Ecology in the Indo-Australian Monsoon Zone
Authors:  Don L. Hankins
Pages: 116     DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.0902116
As Indonesia's forested areas are continually threatened by unsustainable forestry practices and fires,Ignition Stories contributes to our understanding of anthropogenic fires within the region. Cynthia Fowler, an anthropologist, presents the narratives of fire in the Kodi region on the island of Sumba, Indonesia. The text is described as an ethnography of fire amongst the Kodi people. Read Complete Abstract   View Article PDF