Fire Ecology
Volume 8 Issue 2, 2012
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Fire Ecology
Volume 8 Issue 2, 2012
Table of Contents
Fire: Its Influence on Biotic Communities
Post-Fire Effects in Wetland Environments
Spatial Variation in Postfire Cheatgrass
Characteristics of Information Available
Characterizing Fire-on-Fire Interactions
Seed Viability and Fire-Related Temperature
Quantifying the Threat of Unsuppressed Wildfires
Post-Fire Soil Water Repellency
Fire History in California's Southern Sierra Nevada
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In this Issue


This issue of Fire Ecology begins with another classic fire paper in Forum, this time from South Africa.  John Phillips wrote his landmark paper on African fire in 1930, and it remains relevant today.  From Africa to Argentina, Salvia et al. begin the Research Articles section of the journal with a description of the recovery process of wetlands after burning in delta marshes.  This is followed by six North American research papers.  Sherrill and Romme evaluate spatial variation in postfire cheatgrass at Dinosaur National Monument.  Gucker et al. synthesize information on fire and invasive plants in the eastern United States.  Teske et al. evaluate fire-on-fire interaction in three large wilderness areas in Montana and Idaho.  Milich et al. investigate heat effects on five cypress species of California.  Scott et al. model the threat of unsuppressed wildfires reaching adjacent urban-wildland interface areas in Wyoming, and Hubbert et al. evaluate hydrologic effects of wildfires in grass-converted and chaparral watersheds of southern California.  Finally, a Short Communication from Standiford et al. details fire history in blue oak woodlands of the Sierra Nevada. 

~ Jim Agee, Editor

Forum: Issues, Management, Policy, and Opinions

Fire: Its Influence on Biotic Communities and Physical Factors in South and East Africa, with an introduction by Brian W. van Wilgen 

Author:  John F.V. Phillips
Pages: 1-16     DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.0802001
John Frederick Vicars Phillips (1899-1987) was a pioneer ecologist in Africa, and the first to conduct a serious scientific examination of the phenomenon of fire on the continent.  Read more 

Research Articles

Post-Fire Effects in Wetland Environments: Landscape Assessment of Plant Coverage and Soil Recovery in the Parana River Delta Marshes, Argentina

Authors:  Mercedes SalviaDario CeballosFrancisco GringsHaydee Karszenbaum, and Patricia Kandus
Pages: 17-37     DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.0802017
During 2008, under a region-wide drought, there were a large number of simultaneous fires in the Paran´┐Ż River Delta region: the most affected vegetation was in marshes dominated by Schoenoplectus californicus (C.A.Mey.)  Read more
Spatial Variation in Postfire Cheatgrass: Dinosaur National Monument, USA
Authors: Kirk R. Sherrill and William H. Romme
Pages: 38-56     DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.0802038
A major environmental problem in semi-arid landscapes of western North America is the invasion of native vegetation by cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum L.), an annual Eurasian grass that covers >40 million ha of range and woodland in the western US.  Read more

Characteristics of Information Available on Fire and Invasive Plants in the Eastern United States

Authors: Corey L. GuckerKris ZouharJane Kapler Smith, and Katharine R. Stone
Pages: 57-81     DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.0802057

Wildland managers need detailed information about the responses of invasive species to fire and the conditions that increase site invasibility in order to effectively manage fire without introducing or increasing populations of invasive plants.  Read more
Characterizing Fire-on-Fire Interactions in Three Large Wilderness Areas

Authors: Casey C. TeskeCarl A. Seielstad, and Lloyd P. Queen
Pages: 82-106     DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.0802082

The interaction of fires, where one fire burns into another recently burned area, is receiving increased attention from scientists and land managers wishing to describe the role of fire scars in affecting landscape pattern and future fire spread.  Read more

Seed Viability and Fire-Related Temperature Treatments in Serotinous California Native Hesperocyparis Species

Authors: Kate L. MilichJohn D. StuartJ. Morgan Varner III, and Kyle E. Merriam
Pages: 107-124     DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.0802107

Fire-prone serotinous California Hesperocyparis L. (cypress) have been experiencing low seedling recruitment, underscoring our need to better understand these species' responses to fire.  Read more
Quantifying the Threat of Unsuppressed Wildfires Reaching the Adjacent Wildland-Urban Interface on the Bridger-Teton National Forest, Wyoming, USA

Authors: Joe H. ScottDonald J. HelmbrechtSean A. Parks, and Carol Miller
Pages: 125-142     DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.0802125

An important objective for many federal land management agencies is to restore fire to ecosystems that have experienced fire suppression or exclusion over the last century. Read more
Post-Fire Soil Water Repellency, Hydrologic Response, and Sediment Yield Compared Between Grass-Converted and Chaparral Watersheds

Authors: Ken R. HubbertPete M. WohlgemuthJan L. BeyersMarcia G. Narog, and Ross Gerrard
Pages: 143-162    DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.0802143

In 2002, the Williams Fire burned >90 % of the San Dimas Experimental Forest, providing an opportunity to investigate differences in soil water repellency, peak discharge, and sediment yield between grass-converted and chaparral watersheds.  Read more
Fire History in California's Southern Sierra Nevada Blue Oak Woodlands

Authors: Richard B. StandifordRalph L. Phillips, and Neil K. McDougald
Pages: 163-167    DOI: 10.4996/fireecology.0802163

Fire history for blue oak (Quercus douglasii Hook. & Arn.) woodlands in California's southern Sierra Nevada range was characterized with samples of 49 trees.  Read more