Modeling long-term fire regimes of southern California shrublands

This paper explores the environmental factors that drive the southern California chaparral fire regime. Specifically, we examined the response of three fire regime metrics (fire size distributions, fire return interval maps, cumulative total area burned) to variations in the number of ignitions, the spatial pattern of ignitions, the number of Santa Ana wind events, and live fuel moisture, using the HFire fire spread model. HFire is computationally efficient and capable of simulating the spatiotemporal progression of individual fires on a landscape and aggregating results for fully resolved individual fires over hundreds or thousands of years to predict long-term fire regimes. A quantitative understanding of the long-term drivers of a fire regime is of use in fire management and policy.

Peterson, S. H., Moritz, M. A., Morais, M. E., Dennison, P. E., Carlson, J. M.
International Journal of Wildland Fire
Volume: 20
Pages: 1-16
Date: February, 2011
ICB Affiliated Authors: Jean M Carlson