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International Journal of Wildland Fire welcomes papers on basic and applied aspects of wildland fire science including, but not confined to, ecological impact, modelling fire and its effects, and management of fire. More

Editors in Chief: Susan G. Conard and Stefan Doerr

 
 
 

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Published online 25 May 2016
Fire effects on pollination in a sexually deceptive orchid 
Julian Brown, Alan York and Fiona Christie

We observed pollinator visitation to flowers of sexually deceptive Caladenia tentaculata and related it to post-fire age class at multiple spatial scales. Visitation was highest when the sample location was recently burnt and there was long-unburnt vegetation in the surrounding landscape.

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Published online 25 May 2016
Resilience of European beech forests (Fagus sylvatica L.) after fire in a global change context 
Janet Maringer, Marco Conedera, Davide Ascoli, Dirk R. Schmatz and Thomas Wohlgemuth

Increasing risk of forest fires due to climate change is expected to limit the spread of European beech forests in the future. A regeneration assessment in 36 burnt beech stands at the Southern Alps showed, however, high resilience of this species. This demonstrates its stimulation, not limitation, by single forest fires.

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Published online 23 May 2016
Models for predicting fire ignition probability in graminoids from boreo–temperate moorland ecosystems 
Victor M. Santana and Rob H. Marrs

There is an increase in dead fuel of graminoids after winter in boreo–temperate ecosystems. This dead fuel and its low moisture content plays an important role in determining initial fire ignition. Here, we assess the probability of ignition as a function of the dead fuel moisture content, which assists in improving fire predictions.

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Published online 17 May 2016
Effects of post-fire logging on fuel dynamics in a mixed-conifer forest, Oregon, USA: a 10-year assessment 
John L. Campbell, Daniel C. Donato and Joseph B. Fontaine

Logging following high-severity wildfire in Oregon initially led to elevated surface fuel loads and associated fire hazard compared with unlogged burned forests. By 10 years post-fire, these differences had begun to attenuate as standing fire-killed trees fragmented and live shrubs saturated the surface layer in both logged and unlogged sites.

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Published online 16 May 2016
Predicting post-fire canopy mortality in the boreal forest from dNBR derived from time series of Landsat data 
Ignacio San-Miguel, David W. Andison, Nicholas C. Coops and Gregory J. M. Rickbeil

We assessed the degree to which Landsat-derived spectral indices and additional ancillary data can be used to classify canopy mortality when compared with aerial-photographic interpretation for 10 fires in Alberta and Saskatchewan, Canada. The results suggest that models based on three and two mortality classes can be used to map historical fire patterns in a cost-effective manner to support management decisions.

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Published online 16 May 2016
Shifting fire regimes from late to early dry-season fires to abate greenhouse emissions does not completely equate with terrestrial vertebrate biodiversity co-benefits on Cape York Peninsula, Australia 
Justin J. Perry, Eric P. Vanderduys and Alex S. Kutt

Fire regimes that reduce greenhouse gas emissions provide economic benefit to land owners through carbon markets and quantifying ancillary biodiversity benefit will provide added value through voluntary markets. This study finds that more research is required to quantify the co-benefits for terrestrial fauna in northern Australia.

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Published online 11 May 2016
Modelling spatiotemporal variability in fires in semiarid savannas: a satellite-based assessment around Africa 
Niti B. Mishra, Kumar P. Mainali and Kelley A. Crews

We show various drivers impact spatiotemporal differences in burned area and fire frequency in African savanna. Precipitation amount positively influenced the burned area in the following dry season. At finer spatial scales, human-made structures such as boreholes and fences strongly affect heterogeneity in fire event distribution. Vegetation morphology and land use are significant predictors of fire events. Use of spatial models that account for spatial autocorrelation dramatically improve model fit to data.

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Published online 11 May 2016
The formation of charcoal reflectance and its potential use in post-fire assessments 
Claire M. Belcher and Victoria A. Hudspith

When studied using reflectance microscopy, charcoals are capable of reflecting variable amounts of light from their surface. We show that the most reflective charcoals form as fires transition from flaming to smouldering. Reflectance may therefore have the potential to provide quantitative information relating to surface heating following wildfire events.

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Published online 11 May 2016
Fine woody fuel particle diameters for improved planar intersect fuel loading estimates in Southern Rocky Mountain ponderosa pine forests 
Emma Vakili, Chad M. Hoffman and Robert E. Keane

This study provides mean squared diameter estimates for fine woody fuels in ponderosa pine forests of Colorado and New Mexico under different management scenarios for use in fuel load estimation with the planar intersect technique. Analysis showed that similarly accurate estimates could be produced from as few as 35 samples.

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Published online 09 May 2016
Assessing the effect of a fuel break network to reduce burnt area and wildfire risk transmission 
Tiago M. Oliveira, Ana M. G. Barros, Alan A. Ager and Paulo M. Fernandes

We modelled the effect of fuel break networks (FBNs) on burned area and fire transmission under three treatment scenarios. We found that burned area was reduced up to 17% and large-fire incidence decreased. We illustrate how FBNs contribute to the portfolio of risk management and how this approach can better inform the risk governance process.

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Published online 27 April 2016
Burned area prediction with semiparametric models 
Miguel Boubeta, María José Lombardía, Wenceslao González-Manteiga and Manuel Francisco Marey-Pérez

Semiparametric models provide a tool to predict the burned area over a particular time. The predictions obtained are competitive. The two bootstrap prediction intervals given are computationally fast. The methodology used can be applied to other hazard risks.

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Published online 27 April 2016
Concurrent and antecedent soil moisture relate positively or negatively to probability of large wildfires depending on season 
Erik S. Krueger, Tyson E. Ochsner, J. D. Carlson, David M. Engle, Dirac Twidwell and Samuel D. Fuhlendorf

Large wildfires in Oklahoma, USA were associated with low concurrent soil moisture in both the growing and dormant seasons, but high soil moisture during the growing season also increased wildfire probability in subsequent dormant seasons. Therefore, both wet and dry growing seasons increased wildfire probability, but at different times and for different reasons.

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Published online 20 April 2016
Forest fuels and potential fire behaviour 12 years after variable-retention harvest in lodgepole pine 
Justin S. Crotteau, Christopher R. Keyes, Elaine K. Sutherland, David K. Wright and Joel M. Egan

Variable-retention harvesting can be used to create structurally complex, multi-aged lodgepole pine stands, promoting resilience to disturbances. Twelve years post-harvest, treated stands had high variability in potential fire behaviour. Although treatments increased modelled fireline intensity relative to controls, resultant overstorey structures increased thresholds necessary for crown fire propagation.

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Published online 13 April 2016
Flammable Mexico 
Juli G. Pausas

Mexico is a highly diverse country and part of it diversity can only be understood by considering the high frequency of fires. A new fire science book highlights the importance of considering fire in understanding the ecology and management of Mexican ecosystems.

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Published online 05 April 2016
Targeting forest management through fire and erosion modelling 
William J. Elliot, Mary Ellen Miller and Nic Enstice

Fire intensity and soil erosion models were used on a 1500-km2 forested watershed to aid in targeting areas that would most benefit from forest management to reduce fire risk. Soil erosion following wildfire was estimated to be reduced by 56 percent if areas most susceptible to fire and erosion were thinned.

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Published online 30 March 2016
Temporal dependence of burn severity assessment in Siberian larch (Larix sibirica) forest of northern Mongolia using remotely sensed data 
Thuan Chu, Xulin Guo and Kazuo Takeda

We assessed burn severity in Siberian larch forest for different lag times, using Landsat-based indices. Assessment accuracy decreased with increasing lag time. The dNBR was the best predictor of burn severity for 7 years post-fire. After larch regeneration became established, the dNDMI became the best predictor.

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Published online 24 March 2016
Firestick Ecology: Fairdinkum Science in Plain English 
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Published online 02 February 2016
How drought-induced forest die-off alters microclimate and increases fuel loadings and fire potentials 
Katinka X. Ruthrof, Joseph B. Fontaine, George Matusick, David D. Breshears, Darin J. Law, Sarah Powell and Giles Hardy

Drought-induced forest die-offs are expected to change fuels and microclimate and likely influence fire behaviour. Fuel loading and microclimate measurements following die-off in south-western Australia showed that die-off plots had 20% higher quantities of 1-h fuels and elevated temperature and wind, which when combined, predicted a 30% higher rate of fire spread.

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Published online 02 February 2016
Regional aspects of modelling burned areas in Europe 
Andrey Krasovskii, Nikolay Khabarov, Mirco Migliavacca, Florian Kraxner and Michael Obersteiner

This paper presents a series of improvements to the quantitative modelling of burned areas in Europe under historical climate. Our analysis is carried out for 2000–2008 for 17 European countries. The annual burned areas modelled by an improved version of the Standalone Fire Model (SFM) are in good agreement with historical observations.

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Published online 01 October 2015
Lack of soil seedbank change with time since fire: relevance to seed supply after prescribed burns 
Matthew P. Chick, Janet S. Cohn, Craig R. Nitschke and Alan York

Environmental variability, geographic variability and time since disturbance influence plant diversity in soil seedbanks. Knowledge around the relative importance of each of these factors is lacking. This research examined the influence of environmental, geographical and temporal variability on species richness and composition in the soil seedbank within a fire-prone heathy-woodland.

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Published online 14 September 2015
Too much, too soon? A review of the effects of increasing wildfire frequency on tree mortality and regeneration in temperate eucalypt forests 
Thomas A. Fairman, Craig R. Nitschke and Lauren T. Bennett

We use south-eastern Australia as a case study to review effects of increasingly frequent and severe wildfires on tree mortality and regeneration in temperate eucalypt forests. We propose conceptual models to articulate these changes and highlight knowledge gaps in our understanding of alternative stable states in these forests.

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Volume 25 Number 5 2016

 
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Outcomes of fire research: is science used? 
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Molly E. Hunter
pp. 495-504

This study demonstrates that fire science funded by the Joint Fire Science Program has been used nationally by fire and fuels managers to inform fire and fuels management decisions. This study also highlights factors that have commonly acted as barriers to (lack of manager awareness) and facilitators of (manager and scientist interactions) fire science application.

 
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What drives forest fire in Fujian, China? Evidence from logistic regression and Random Forests 
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Futao Guo , Guangyu Wang , Zhangwen Su , Huiling Liang , Wenhui Wang , Fangfang Lin and Aiqin Liu
pp. 505-519

Two different models were applied to identify the main factors influencing forest fire occurrence in Fujian, China. Climate, elevation, railway infrastructure and GDP were found to be important for local forest fire ignition. We also mapped the likelihood of fire occurrence in Fujian based on model results.

 
  
 

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Fighting fire in the heat of the day: an analysis of operational and environmental conditions of use for large airtankers in United States fire suppression 
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Crystal S. Stonesifer , David E. Calkin , Matthew P. Thompson and Keith D. Stockmann
pp. 520-533

Large airtanker drop data from the United States federal fleet from 2010 to 2012 are intersected with geospatial data to provide a post hoc characterisation of the operational and environmental conditions of use at the national scale.

 
  
 

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Toward an integrated system for fire, smoke and air quality simulations 
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Adam K. Kochanski , Mary Ann Jenkins , Kara Yedinak , Jan Mandel , Jonathan Beezley and Brian Lamb
pp. 534-546

This study presents and tests an integrated wildfire smoke prediction system formed by coupling WRF-Sfire, a weather research forecast system plus surface fire behaviour model, with the chemical transport model WRF-Chem. The coupled WRF-Sfire-Chem aims to predict pyro-plume development, and smoke dispersion and its air quality impacts, by comprehensively modelling fire spread, heat release during flaming combustion, fire emissions and fire plume rise, as well as downwind smoke dispersion and associated chemistry.

 
  
 

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Structure-level fuel load assessment in the wildland–urban interface: a fusion of airborne laser scanning and spectral remote-sensing methodologies 
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Nicholas S. Skowronski , Scott Haag , Jim Trimble , Kenneth L. Clark , Michael R. Gallagher and Richard G. Lathrop
pp. 547-557

We used remote sensing data and analysis techniques to characterise fuel hazard in the wildland–urban interface at the resolution of individual structures. Our results indicate that this method can produce consistent estimates of canopy fuel loading across landscapes that can be associated with individual structures or parcels. The application of the work here could inform both strategic fire management decisions and broader, policy-level analysis.

 
  
 

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Data assimilation of dead fuel moisture observations from remote automated weather stations 
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Martin Vejmelka , Adam K. Kochanski and Jan Mandel
pp. 558-568

When dead wood in a forest is dry, wildland fires spread faster. We develop mathematical and statistical methods to provide fuel moisture maps from weather conditions and hourly moisture measurements from remote automated weather stations. These can be used to model fire spread or to estimate fire risk.

 
  
 

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A laboratory-based quantification of the effect of live fuel moisture content on fire spread rate 
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Carlos G. Rossa , Ricardo Veloso and Paulo M. Fernandes
pp. 569-573

The elusive effect of fuel moisture content on fire spread rate in live fuel beds was assessed from experimental laboratory data. A significant, albeit small, effect was found for typical live fuel moisture contents (>50%).

 
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Seasonal relationships between foliar moisture content, heat content and biochemistry of lodgepole line and big sagebrush foliage 
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Yi Qi , W. Matt Jolly , Philip E. Dennison and Rachael C. Kropp
pp. 574-578

This paper measures seasonal increase in heat content and coinciding decrease in live fuel moisture content. Major driving biochemical components are crude fat and non-structural carbohydrates.

 
  
 

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Dryness in a Mediterranean-type climate – implications for wildfire burnt area: a case study from Mount Carmel, Israel 
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Lea Wittenberg and Haim Kutiel
pp. 579-591

Wildfires are frequent on Mount Carmel, a typical Mediterranean ecosystem characterised by dry summers. The burnt area of major wildfires is related to the number of days since rain on the day of ignition. Analysis of time series of dryness indicates an elongation in recent decades.

 
  
 

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Wildfires in the eastern Mediterranean as a result of lightning activity – a change in the conventional knowledge 
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Shlomit Paz , Moshe Inbar , Haim Kutiel , Dan Malkinson , Naama Tessler and Lea Wittenberg
pp. 592-596

No records exist in the scientific literature about lightning fires in the eastern Mediterranean. In October 2014, a thunderstorm developed rapidly. Simultaneously, six wildfires were reported from different locations in northern Israel. This is the first case recorded in recent history of lightning wildfires in the region.

 
  
 

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Using Landsat imagery to backcast fire and post-fire residuals in the Boreal Shield of Saskatchewan: implications for woodland caribou management 
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John Kansas , Javier Vargas , Hans G. Skatter , Brady Balicki and Kevin McCullum
pp. 597-607

Designation of critical habitat for woodland caribou across Canada is underpinned by a total disturbance model that incorporates the combined extent of natural and anthropogenic disturbance. This paper identifies management and planning issues associated with overestimating burned areas by using fire mapping that doesn’t include post-fire residuals and water bodies.

 
  
 

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Prescribed burning as a conservation tool for management of habitat for threatened species: the quokka, Setonix brachyurus, in the southern forests of Western Australia 
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Karlene Bain , Adrian Wayne and Roberta Bencini
pp. 608-617

The use of fire for quokka conservation was investigated. Retention of vertical vegetation structure and multiple unburnt patches were important for recolonisation of burnt habitat. These habitat outcomes from prescribed burning can be guided by surface moisture, soil dryness and fire rates of spread. Explicit ecological criteria are presented.

 
  
 

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Corrigendum to: The long-term impact of low-intensity surface fires on litter decomposition and enzyme activities in boreal coniferous forests 
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Kajar Köster , Frank Berninger , Jussi Heinonsalo , Aki Lindén , Egle Köster , Hannu Ilvesniemi and Jukka Pumpanen
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These articles have been peer reviewed and accepted for publication. They are still in production and have not been edited, so may differ from the final published form.

    WF15228  Accepted 26 May 2016
    Positive effects of fire on birds may appear only under narrow combinations of fire severity and time-since-fire
    Richard (Dick) Hutto, David Patterson
    Abstract


    WF16080  Accepted 24 May 2016
    Chaparral growth ring analysis as an indicator of stand biomass development
    Kellie Uyeda, Douglas Stow, John OLeary, Christina Tague, Phil Riggan
    Abstract


    WF16013  Accepted 24 May 2016
    Identifying key climate and environmental factors affecting rates of post-fire big sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata) recovery in the northern Columbia Basin (USA)
    Doug Shinneman, Susan McIlroy
    Abstract


    WF15211  Accepted 24 May 2016
    Fire regime from 1973 to 2011 in northwestern Patagonia grasslands
    Facundo Oddi, Luciana Ghermandi
    Abstract


    WF15214  Accepted 20 May 2016
    The impact of aging on laboratory fire behaviour in masticated shrub fuelbeds of California and Oregon
    Jesse Kreye, Morgan Varner, Jeffrey Kane, Eric Knapp, Warren Reed
    Abstract


    WF15216  Accepted 17 May 2016
    Modelling fire probability in the Brazilian Amazon using the Maximum Entropy method
    Marisa Fonseca, Luiz Eduardo Aragão, André Lima, Liana Anderson, Yosio Shimabukuro, Egidio Arai
    Abstract


    WF16036  Accepted 17 May 2016
    Evaluation of the predictive capacity of dead fuel moisture models for Eastern Australia grasslands
    Miguel Cruz, Susan Kidnie, Stuart Matthews, Richard Hurley, Alen Slijepcevic, David Nichols, Jim Gould
    Abstract


    WF15194  Accepted 17 May 2016
    Response of soil seed bank to a prescribed burning in a subtropical pine-oak forest
    Susana Zuloaga-Aguilar, Alma Orozco-Segovia, Oscar Briones, Enrique Jardel
    Abstract


    WF15181  Accepted 06 May 2016
    Traditional fire knowledge system in a subtropical montane socio-ecosystem in a natural protected area
    Héctor Martínez-Torres, Alicia Castillo-Álvarez, M. Isabel Ramírez-Ramírez, Diego Pérez-Salicrup
    Abstract


    WF15191  Accepted 28 April 2016
    A power series formulation for two-dimensional wildfire shapes
    James Hilton, Claire Miller, Andrew Sullivan
    Abstract


    WF15177  Accepted 20 April 2016
    Fire spread in chaparral – a comparison of laboratory data and model predictions in burning live fuels
    David Weise, Eunmo Koo, Xiangyang Zhou, Shankar Mahalingam, Frederic Morandini, Jacques Balbi
    Abstract


    WF15198  Accepted 16 April 2016
    Analysis of forest fire fatalities in Greece: 1977-2013
    Michalis Diakakis, Gavriil Xanthopoulos, Leontios Gregos
    Abstract


    WF15124  Accepted 05 April 2016
    Projecting wildfire area burned in the Southeastern United States, 2011-2060
    Jeff Prestemon, Uma Shankar, Aijun Xiu, Keith Talgo, Dongmei Yang, Ernest Dixon, IV, Don McKenzie, Karen Abt
    Abstract


    WF15205  Accepted 01 April 2016
    Modeling the spatial patterns of ignition causes and fire regime features in southern France: implications for fire prevention policy
    Thomas Curt, Thibaut Frejaville, Sébastien Lahaye
    Abstract


    WF15109  Accepted 18 March 2016
    Places where wildfire potential and social vulnerability coincide in the coterminous United States
    Gabriel Wigtil, Roger Hammer, Jeffrey Kline, Miranda Mockrin, Susan Stewart, Daniel Roper, Volker Radeloff
   


    WF15005  Accepted 06 March 2016
    DISPERSAL-LIMITED DETRITIVORES IN FIRE-PRONE ENVIRONMENTS: PERSISTENCE AND POPULATION STRUCTURE OF TERRESTRIAL AMPHIPODS (TALITRIDAE)
    Louise Menz, Heloise Gibb, Nick Murphy
    Abstract


    WF13206  Accepted 20 March 2014
    An accuracy assessment of the MTBS burned area product for shrub-steppe fires in the northern Great Basin, United States
    Aaron Sparks, Luigi Boschetti, Wade Tinkham, Alistair Smith, Karen Lannom, Beth Newingham
    Abstract


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1. Published 15 October 2015
Climate change presents increased potential for very large fires in the contiguous United States

R. Barbero, J. T. Abatzoglou, N. K. Larkin, C. A. Kolden and B. Stocks

2. Published 4 June 2015
A generic, empirical-based model for predicting rate of fire spread in shrublands

Wendy R. Anderson, Miguel G. Cruz, Paulo M. Fernandes, Lachlan McCaw, Jose Antonio Vega, Ross A. Bradstock, Liam Fogarty, Jim Gould, Greg McCarthy, Jon B. Marsden-Smedley, Stuart Matthews, Greg Mattingley, H. Grant Pearce and Brian W. van Wilgen

3. Published 1 December 2015
Wildfire smoke and public health risk

Fabienne Reisen, Sandra M. Duran, Mike Flannigan, Catherine Elliott and Karen Rideout

4. Published 27 July 2015
Small mammals decline with increasing fire extent in northern Australia: evidence from long-term monitoring in Kakadu National Park

Michael J. Lawes, Brett P. Murphy, Alaric Fisher, John C. Z. Woinarski, Andrew C. Edwards and Jeremy Russell-Smith

5. Published 28 August 2015
Operational wildfire suppression modelling: a review evaluating development, state of the art and future directions

Thomas J. Duff and Kevin G. Tolhurst

6. Published 1 December 2015
Spatial patterns of wildfire ignitions in south-eastern Australia

Kathryn M. Collins, Owen F. Price and Trent D. Penman

7. Published 27 July 2015
An empirical wildfire risk analysis: the probability of a fire spreading to the urban interface in Sydney, Australia

Owen Price, Rittick Borah, Ross Bradstock and Trent Penman

8. Published 11 May 2015
Global patterns in fire leverage: the response of annual area burnt to previous fire

Owen F. Price, Juli G. Pausas, Navashni Govender, Mike Flannigan, Paulo M. Fernandes, Mathew L. Brooks and Rebecca Bliege Bird

9. Published 4 April 2016
Wildfire survival plans in theory and practice

Christine Eriksen, Trent Penman, Bronwyn Horsey and Ross Bradstock

10. Published 3 March 2016
Relations between soil hydraulic properties and burn severity

John A. Moody, Brian A. Ebel, Petter Nyman, Deborah A. Martin, Cathelijne Stoof and Randy McKinley

11. Published 15 October 2015
Limitations and utilisation of Monitoring Trends in Burn Severity products for assessing wildfire severity in the USA

Crystal A. Kolden, Alistair M. S. Smith and John T. Abatzoglou

12. Too much, too soon? A review of the effects of increasing wildfire frequency on tree mortality and regeneration in temperate eucalypt forests

Thomas A. Fairman, Craig R. Nitschke and Lauren T. Bennett

13. Published 27 July 2015
Bird diversity increases after patchy prescribed fire: implications from a before–after control–impact study

Holly Sitters, Julian Di Stefano, Fiona J. Christie, Paul Sunnucks and Alan York

14. Published 4 June 2015
Words matter: radio misunderstandings in wildland firefighting

Elena Gabor

15. Published 1 December 2015
Long-distance spotting potential of bark strips of a ribbon gum (Eucalyptus viminalis)

James Hall, Peter F. Ellis, Geoffrey J. Cary, Glenys Bishop and Andrew L. Sullivan

16. Published 7 January 2016
Measurements relating fire radiative energy density and surface fuel consumption – RxCADRE 2011 and 2012

Andrew T. Hudak, Matthew B. Dickinson, Benjamin C. Bright, Robert L. Kremens, E. Louise Loudermilk, Joseph J. O'Brien, Benjamin S. Hornsby and Roger D. Ottmar

17. Published 4 February 2016
Wildland fire limits subsequent fire occurrence

Sean A. Parks, Carol Miller, Lisa M. Holsinger, L. Scott Baggett and Benjamin J. Bird

18. Published 7 January 2016
High-resolution infrared thermography for capturing wildland fire behaviour: RxCADRE 2012

Joseph J. O'Brien, E. Louise Loudermilk, Benjamin Hornsby, Andrew T. Hudak, Benjamin C. Bright, Matthew B. Dickinson, J. Kevin Hiers, Casey Teske and Roger D. Ottmar

19. Published 4 April 2016
1984–2010 trends in fire burn severity and area for the conterminous US

Joshua J. Picotte, Birgit Peterson, Gretchen Meier and Stephen M. Howard

20. Published 15 October 2015
Sources and implications of bias and uncertainty in a century of US wildfire activity data

Karen C. Short


      
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