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International Journal of Wildland Fire

International Journal of Wildland Fire

International Journal of Wildland Fire publishes articles 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. Read more about the journalMore

Editors-in-Chief: Susan G. Conard and Stefan Doerr

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International Journal of Wildland Fire

Volume 26 Number 12 2017

WF17026Human-caused fire occurrence modelling in perspective: a review

Sergi Costafreda-Aumedes, Carles Comas and Cristina Vega-Garcia
pp. 983-998

This review article analyses the development of human-caused wildfire occurrence models from 1954 to 2016, and recommends relevant factors, models and applications for the two temporal scales (short-term and long-term) used in the majority of previous works.

WF17070You own the fuel, but who owns the fire?

Michael Eburn and Geoffrey J. Cary
pp. 999-1008

This paper provides a legal analysis of the adage ‘whoever owns the fuel owns the fire’. It is argued that the common law may not impose responsibility on those who allow fuel to naturally accumulate on their land, with the consequence that landowners face a lower legal risk by doing nothing instead of lighting hazard reduction burns.


A fire weather climatology was constructed for North America from 1979 to 2015, based on the North American Regional Reanalysis and the Canadian Fire Weather Index. A trend analysis of potential fire season length and extreme fire weather shows that fire danger has significantly increased in some parts of North America.

WF17085Characterisation of spatial and temporal distribution of the fire regime in Niassa National Reserve, northern Mozambique

N. S. Ribeiro, A. Cangela, A. Chauque, R. R. Bandeira and A. I. Ribeiro-Barros
pp. 1021-1029

This study characterised the fire regime of the Niassa National Reserve using remote sensing. Fire frequency was inversely related to fire intensity but was associated with burning density, revealing pyric-herbivory. Late dry-season fires were relevant in the north-central and east sectors, which were identified as priority areas for fire management.

WF16222Reproductive success of wind, generalist, and specialist pollinated plant species following wildfire in desert landscapes

Andrew H. Lybbert, Justin Taylor, Alysa DeFranco and Samuel B. St Clair
pp. 1030-1039

We evaluated the effect of post-fire conditions on the reproductive success of seven shrub species in the Mojave Desert with different pollination strategies. Flower and fruit productions tended to be significantly higher in post-fire conditions and pollination services appear to be maintained following wildfire.

WF17033A new method for performing smouldering combustion field experiments in peatlands and rich-organic soils

E. Pastor, I. Oliveras, E. Urquiaga-Flores, J. A. Quintano-Loayza, M. I. Manta and E. Planas
pp. 1040-1052

We present a method for conducting smouldering experiments in field conditions by which data on fire behaviour and ecological effects of ground fires are obtained at real scale. The methodology is tested at the forest–grassland treeline of the Peruvian Andes. We observe smouldering during 9 h at 15-cm depth.

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WF17061Simulating the effectiveness of prescribed burning at altering wildfire behaviour in Tasmania, Australia

James M. Furlaud, Grant J. Williamson and David M. J. S. Bowman
 

Simulation modelling showed that an unrealistically large-scale prescribed-burning program across Tasmania would be necessary to reduce wildfire extent and intensity under dangerous fire-weather conditions. By contrast, more feasible, but geographically constrained, broad-scale prescribed-burning plans had substantially reduced effects on area burnt and fire intensity. This study highlights the need for targeted localised fuel treatments rather than broad-scale prescribed burning.

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