Surface Fuel Loads After the Boulder Creek Fire

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Author(s): Kate Peterson, Bianca Eskelson
Published in: Canadian Journal of Forest Research, Canadian Science Publishing (2019)

Surface fuel loads following a coastal–transitional fire of unprecedented severity: Boulder Creek fire case study

We examined differences in surface fuel carbon among fire severity classes in 2016, one year after the Boulder Creek fire, which burned 6 735 ha of coastal–transitional forests in 2015. Total surface fuel carbon did not differ significantly between burned and unburned plots; however, there was significantly less duff and litter carbon in burned plots. Remotely sensed severity classes did not properly capture wildfire impacts on surface fuels, especially at lower severities. Pre-fire stand characteristics are also important drivers of surface fuel loads. This case study provides baseline data for examining post-fire fuel carbon dynamics in coastal–transitional British Columbia.

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