CSIRO Publishing blank image blank image blank image blank imageBooksblank image blank image blank image blank imageJournalsblank image blank image blank image blank imageAbout Usblank image blank image blank image blank imageShopping Cartblank image blank image blank image You are here: Journals > International Journal of Wildland Fire   
International Journal of Wildland Fire
http://www.iawfonline.org/
  Published on behalf of the International Association of Wildland Fire
 
blank image Search
 
blank image blank image
blank image
 
  Advanced Search
   

Journal Home
About the Journal
Editorial Board
Contacts
Content
Online Early
Current Issue
Just Accepted
All Issues
Special Issues
Research Fronts
Sample Issue
20-Year Author Index
For Authors
General Information
Notice to Authors
Submit Article
Open Access
For Referees
Referee Guidelines
Review an Article
For Subscribers
Subscription Prices
Customer Service
Print Publication Dates

blue arrow e-Alerts
blank image
Subscribe to our Email Alert or RSS feeds for the latest journal papers.

red arrow Connect with CP
blank image
facebook twitter youtube

 

Article << Previous     |     Next >>   Contents Vol 23(7)

Fine-scale factors influence fire regimes in mixed-conifer forests on three high mountains in Mexico

Larissa L. Yocom A G , Peter Z. Fulé A , Donald A. Falk B , Celia García-Domínguez C , Eladio Cornejo-Oviedo D , Peter M. Brown E , José Villanueva-Díaz F , Julián Cerano F and Citlali Cortés Montaño A

A School of Forestry, PO Box 15018, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ 86011, USA.
B School of Natural Resources and the Environment, 325 Biological Sciences East, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721, USA.
C Department of Ecology, School of Biology, University of La Laguna, 38206 San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Tenerife, Spain.
D Department of Forestry, ‘Antonio Narro’ Autonomous Agrarian University, Calzada Antonio Narro 1923, 25084 Saltillo, Mexico.
E Rocky Mountain Tree-Ring Research, 2901 Moore Lane, Fort Collins, CO, 80526 USA.
F National Institute of Forest, Agriculture, and Fisheries Research, National Center of Research on Water, Soil, Plants, and Atmosphere, Km 6.5 Margen Derecha Canal de Sacramento, C.P. 35140, Gómez Palacio, Durango, México.
G Corresponding author. Email: larissa.yocom@gmail.com

International Journal of Wildland Fire 23(7) 959-968 http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/WF13214
Submitted: 17 December 2013  Accepted: 9 May 2014   Published: 11 September 2014


 
PDF (680 KB) $25
 Supplementary Material
 Export Citation
 Print
  
Abstract

We investigated the influence of broad- v. fine-scale factors on fire in an unusual landscape suitable for distinguishing the drivers of fire synchrony. Our study was conducted in the Sierra Madre Oriental mountain range, in north-eastern Mexico. We worked in nine sites on three parallel mountains that receive nearly identical broad-scale climatic influence, but between which fires are unlikely to spread. We collected and cross dated samples from 357 fire-scarred trees in nine sites in high-elevation mixed-conifer forests and identified fire dates. We used Jaccard similarity analysis to evaluate synchrony among sites and quantified relationships between climate and fire occurrence. Fires were historically frequent (mean fire interval ranged from 8 to 16 years in all sites) and dates of fire exclusion ranged from 1887 to 1962. We found low fire synchrony among the three mountains, indicating a strong influence of fine-scale factors on fire occurrence. Fire regime attributes were similar across mountains despite the independence of fire dates. La Niña events were associated with fire over time, although not significantly since the 1830s. Our results highlight the importance of scale in describing fire regimes and suggest that we can use fire history to understand controls on complex ecosystem processes and patterns.

Additional keywords: climate, dendrochronology, fire history, fire synchrony, Sierra de Arteaga, Sierra Madre Oriental.


References

Baisan CH, Morino KA (2000) Final report: fire history in Chiricahua National Monument. (University of Arizona: Tucson)

Baisan CH, Swetnam TW (1990) Fire history on a desert mountain range: Rincon Mountain wilderness, Arizona, USA. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 20, 1559–1569.
CrossRef |

Brown PM, Kaye MW, Huckaby LS, Baisan CH (2001) Fire history along environmental gradients in the Sacramento Mountains, New Mexico: influences of local patterns and regional processes. Ecoscience 8, 115–126.

Brown PM, Heyerdahl EK, Kitchen SG, Weber MH (2008a) Climate effects on historical fires (1630–1900) in Utah. International Journal of Wildland Fire 17, 28–39.
CrossRef |

Brown PM, Wienk CL, Symstad AJ (2008b) Fire and forest history at Mount Rushmore. Ecological Applications 18, 1984–1999.
CrossRef | PubMed |

Caso M, Gonzalez-Abraham C, Ezcurra E (2007) Divergent ecological effects of oceanographic anomalies on terrestrial ecosystems of the Mexican Pacific coast. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 104, 10 530–10 535.
CrossRef | CAS |

Contreras-Medina R, Luna-Vega I (2007) Species richness, endemism and conservation of Mexican gymnosperms. Biodiversity and Conservation 16, 1803–1821.
CrossRef |

Cook ER (2000) Nino 3 Index Reconstruction. International Tree-Ring Data Bank. IGBP PAGES/World Data Center-A for Paleoclimatology Data Contribution Series #2000–052. NOAA/NGDC Paleoclimatology Program. (Boulder, CO)

Donnegan JA, Veblen TT, Sibold JS (2001) Climatic and human influences on fire history in Pike National Forest, central Colorado. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 31, 1526–1539.
CrossRef |

Falk DA, Miller C, McKenzie D, Black AE (2007) Cross-scale analysis of fire regimes. Ecosystems 10, 809–823.
CrossRef |

Farjon A (1990) ‘Pinaceae – Drawings and Descriptions of the Genera Abies, Cedrus, Keteleeria, Nothotsuga, Tsuga, Cathaya, Pseudotsuga, Larix and Picea.’ (Koeltz Scientific Books: Königstein)

Farjon A, Styles BT (1997) ‘Pinus (Pinaceae). Flora Neotropica Monograph 75.’ (The New York Botanical Garden: Bronx, NY)

Farris CA, Baisan CH, Falk DA, Van Horne ML, Fulé PZ, Swetnam TW (2013) A comparison of targeted and systematic fire-scar sampling for estimating historical fire frequency in south-western ponderosa pine forests. International Journal of Wildland Fire 22, 1021–1033.
CrossRef |

Ferrusquía-Villafranca I (1993) Geology of Mexico: a synopsis. In ‘Biological Diversity of Mexico: Origins and Distribution’. (Eds TP Ramamoorthy, R Bye, A Lot, J Fa) pp. 3–108. (Oxford University Press: New York)

Flatley WT, Lafon CW, Grissino-Mayer HD (2011) Climatic and topographic controls on patterns of fire in the southern and central Appalachian Mountains, USA. Landscape Ecology 26, 195–209.
CrossRef |

Fulé PZ, Covington WW (1999) Fire regime changes in La Michilía Biosphere Reserve, Durango, Mexico. Conservation Biology 13, 640–652.
CrossRef |

Fulé PZ, Crouse JE, Heinlein TA, Moore MM, Covington WW, Verkamp G (2003) Mixed-severity fire regime in a high-elevation forest of Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA. Landscape Ecology 18, 465–486.
CrossRef |

Gavin DG, Brubaker LB, Lertzman KP (2003) Holocene fire history of a coastal temperate rain forest based on soil charcoal radiocarbon dates. Ecology 84, 186–201.
CrossRef |

Grissino-Mayer HD (1995) Tree-ring reconstructions of climate and fire history at El Malpais National Monument, New Mexico. PhD thesis, University of Arizona, Tucson.

Grissino-Mayer HD (2001) FHX2 – Software for analyzing temporal and spatial patterns in fire regimes from tree rings. Tree-Ring Research 57, 115–124.

Grissino-Mayer HD, Swetnam TW (1997) Multi-century history of wildfire in the ponderosa pine forests of El Malpais National Monument. New Mexico Bureau of Mines & Mineral Resources 156, 163–171.

Grissino-Mayer HD, Romme WH, Floyd ML, Hanna DD (2004) Climatic and human influences on fire regimes of the southern San Juan Mountains, Colorado, USA. Ecology 85, 1708–1724.
CrossRef |

Hessl AE, McKenzie D, Schellhaas R (2004) Drought and Pacific Decadal Oscillation linked to fire occurrence in the inland Pacific Northwest. Ecological Applications 14, 425–442.
CrossRef |

Heyerdahl EK, Alvarado E (2003) Influence of climate and land use on historical surface fires in pine-oak forests, Sierra Madre Occidental, Mexico. In ‘Fire and Climatic Change in Temperate Ecosystems of the Western Americas’. (Eds TT Veblen, WL Baker, G Montenegro, TW Swetnam) pp. 196–217. (Springer-Verlag: New York)

Heyerdahl EK, Brubaker LB, Agee JK (2001) Spatial controls of historical fire regimes: a multiscale example from the Interior West, USA. Ecology 82, 660–678.
CrossRef |

Heyerdahl EK, Morgan P, Riser JP (2008) Multi-season climate synchronized historical fires in dry forests (1650–1900), northern Rockies, USA. Ecology 89, 705–716.
CrossRef | PubMed |

Holmes RL (1983) Computer-assisted quality control in tree-ring dating and measurements. Tree-Ring Bulletin 43, 69–78.

IMTA (2006) Extractor Rápido de Información Climatológica (ERIC III). (CD-ROM) (Instituto Mexicano de Tecnología del Agua: Jiutepec, Morelos, Mexico)

Iniguez JM, Swetnam TW, Yool SR (2008) Topography affected landscape fire history patterns in southern Arizona, USA. Forest Ecology and Management 256, 295–303.
CrossRef |

Iniguez JM, Swetnam TW, Baisan CH (2009) Spatially and temporally variable fire regime on Rincon Peak, Arizona, USA. Fire Ecology 5, 3–21.
CrossRef |

Ireland KB, Stan AB, Fulé PZ (2012) Bottom-up control of a northern Arizona ponderosa pine forest fire regime in a fragmented landscape. Landscape Ecology 27, 983–997.
CrossRef |

Jain A, Narasimha Murty M, Flynn P (1999) Data clustering: a review. ACM Computing Surveys 31, 264–323.
CrossRef |

Kellogg LK, McKenzie D, Peterson D, Hessl A (2008) Spatial models for inferring topographic controls on historical low-severity fire in the eastern Cascade Range of Washington, USA. Landscape Ecology 23, 227–240.
CrossRef |

Kennedy MC, McKenzie D (2010) Using a stochastic model and cross-scale analysis to evaluate controls on historical low-severity fire regimes. Landscape Ecology 25, 1561–1573.
CrossRef |

Kitzberger T, Brown PM, Heyerdahl EK, Swetnam TW, Veblen TT (2007) Contingent Pacific-Atlantic Ocean influence on multicentury wildfire synchrony over western North America. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 104, 543–548.
CrossRef | CAS | PubMed |

Margolis EQ, Balmat J (2009) Fire history and fire-climate relationships along a fire regime gradient in the Santa Fe Municipal Watershed, NM, USA. Forest Ecology and Management 258, 2416–2430.
CrossRef |

Ortega-Jiménez S (2008) Reconstrucción histórica del uso del bosque de San Antonio de las Alazanas, Arteaga, Coahuila. MSc Thesis, Universidad Autónoma Agraria Antonio Narro, Saltillo, Mexico.

Parisien MA, Miller C, Ager AA, Finney MA (2010) Use of artificial landscapes to isolate controls on burn probability. Landscape Ecology 25, 79–93.
CrossRef |

Poulos HM, Villanueva Díaz J, Cerano Paredes J, Camp AE, Gatewood RG (2013) Human influences on fire regimes and forest structure in the Chihuahuan Desert Borderlands. Forest Ecology and Management 298, 1–11.
CrossRef |

Rodríguez Trejo DA (2008) Fire regimes, fire ecology, and fire management in Mexico. Ambio 37, 548–556.
CrossRef | PubMed |

Seklecki MT, Grissino-Mayer HD, Swetnam TW (1996) Fire history and the possible role of Apache-set fires in the Chiricahua Mountains of southeastern Arizona. In ‘Effects of Fire on Madrean Province Ecosystems: A Symposium Proceedings’, 11–15 March 1996, Tuscon, AZ. (Eds PF Ffolliott, LF DeBano, MB Maker Jr, GJ Gottfried, G Solis-Garza, CB Edminster, DG Neary, LS Allen, RH Hamre) USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station, General Technical Report RM-289, pp. 238–246. (Fort Collins, CO)

Speer JH, Brown PM, Krusic PJ, Grissino-Mayer HD (2006) Professional fieldweeks as an educational experience and a venue for explorative research: case study of the North American Dendroecological Fieldweek. Indiana State University, Department of Geography, Geology, and Anthropology, Professional Paper Series #23. (Terre Haute, IN)

Stephens SL, Skinner CN, Gill SJ (2003) Dendrochronology-based fire history of Jeffrey pine – mixed conifer forests in the Sierra San Pedro Martir, Mexico. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 33, 1090–1101.
CrossRef |

Swetnam TW (2005) Fire histories from pine-dominant forest in the Madrean Archipelago. In ‘Connecting Mountain Islands and Desert Seas: Biodiversity and Management of the Madrean Archipelago II. 5th Conference on Research and Resource Management in the Southwestern Deserts’. 11–15 May 2004, Tucson, AZ. (Eds GJ Gottfried, BS Gebow, LG Eskew, CB Edminster) USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Proceedings RMRS-P-36, pp. 35–43. (Fort Collins, CO)

Swetnam TW, Baisan CH (2003) Tree-ring reconstructions of fire and climate history in the Sierra Nevada and Southwestern United States. In ‘Fire and Climatic Change in Temperate Ecosystems of the Western Americas’. (Eds TT Veblen, WL Baker, G Montenegro, TW Swetnam) pp. 158–195 (Springer-Verlag: New York)

Swetnam TW, Betancourt JL (1990) Fire–Southern Oscillation relations in the southwestern United States. Science 249, 1017–1020.
CrossRef | CAS | PubMed |

Taylor AH, Beaty RM (2005) Climatic influences on fire regimes in the northern Sierra Nevada mountains, Lake Tahoe Basin, Nevada, USA. Journal of Biogeography 32, 425–438.
CrossRef |

Taylor AH, Skinner CN (2003) Spatial patterns and controls on historical fire regimes and forest structure in the Klamath Mountains. Ecological Applications 13, 704–719.
CrossRef |

Van Horne ML, Fulé PZ (2006) Comparing methods of reconstructing fire history using fire scars in a southwestern United States ponderosa pine forest. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 36, 855–867.
CrossRef |

Veblen TT, Hadley KS, Nel EM, Kitzberger T, Reid MS, Villalba R (1994) Disturbance regime and disturbance interactions in a Rocky Mountain subalpine forest. Journal of Ecology 82, 125–135.
CrossRef |

Villanueva-Diaz J, Stahle DW, Luckman BH, Cerano-Paredes J, Therrell MD, Cleaveland MK, Cornejo-Oviedo E (2007) Winter–spring precipitation reconstructions from tree rings for northeast Mexico. Climatic Change 83, 117–131.
CrossRef |

Yocom LL, Fulé PZ (2012) Human and climate influences on frequent fire in a high-elevation tropical forest. Journal of Applied Ecology 49, 1356–1364.
CrossRef |

Yocom LL, Fulé PZ, Brown PM, Cerano-Paredes J, Villanueva J, Cornejo-Oviedo E, Falk DA (2010) El Niño–Southern Oscillation effect on a fire regime in northeastern Mexico has changed over time. Ecology 91, 1660–1671.
CrossRef | PubMed |


   
Subscriber Login
Username:
Password:  

 
    
Legal & Privacy | Contact Us | Help

CSIRO

© CSIRO 1996-2014