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Late Holocene fire-climate relationships of the western San Juan Mountains, Colorado

Erica Bigio , Thomas Swetnam , Phil Pearthree


Summary: We reconstructed the fire history for southwest Colorado using alluvial-sediment methods. The fire chronology shows episodes of high- and low-severity fire over the late Holocene. Increased high-severity fires often corresponded with multi-decadal droughts, and were sometimes preceded by pluvials. A recent wildfire in the region likely contained more extensive patches of high-severity burned area than any reconstructed fires over the past 3,000 years.

WF16204  Accepted 06 August 2017

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