"We expect most of the moderate and severely burned
areas to regenerate naturally back to native tree species."
Geological Survey research hydrologist, found that each reached its greatest intensity over the burned
region, then dissipated over unburned forest.
Several sites dating to around 1 million years ago in southern and eastern Africa contain pieces of burned
bone or wood.
* Kootenai National Forest, Montana: Ron Hvizdak, fire-management officer on the Rexford Ranger District, reports, "We're burning maybe 15,000 to 20,000 acres a year, but this forest burned
50,000 acres naturally before fire suppression." He also reports good chemistry between his fire folks and the community on prescribed burns: help from local volunteer firefighters, field trips by a high-school biology class, and locals who now understand why the process is desirable and accept it.
And indeed, when a million acres of Yellowstone burned
in 1988, the initial public response was highly negative.
A number of researchers riding the waves near the fires also expressed bewilderment at how quietly the fire burned
. Absent were the roar and explosive popping characteristic of tank fires.
"We have had some severe fires in the past, but nothing with this many acres burned
in crown fires."
More poignantly, hundres of acres which burned
during 1923 in beloved Tilden Park, on the edge of North Berkeley, carry a many-decade accumulation of surface and ladder fuels near groves of highly combustible eucalyptus and pine trees.
It also appears that prescribed burning (both naturally and intentionally lighted), with selective thinning and fast removal of burned
and diseased trees, are the most viable options to reduce fuel load.
According to Levine, new work suggests that past studies have underestimated the amount of land burned
The world was treated to an example of the results of our misconceptions about what is "natural" and what isn't in Yellowstone National Park in 1988 when nearly half the Park's 2.2 million acres, tucked into the far northwest corner of Wyoming, were burned
Kean of New Jersey pledged 1,000 seedlings to Yellowstone to help reforest its burned