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Fire in California's Ecosystems$
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Neil Sugihara

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780520246058

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520246058.001.0001

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Southeastern Deserts Bioregion

Southeastern Deserts Bioregion

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(p.391) chapter 16 Southeastern Deserts Bioregion
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Fire in California's Ecosystems
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Matthew L. Brooks

Richard A. Minnich

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520246058.003.0016

This chapter describes the vast southeast corner of California that constitutes the Southeastern Deserts bioregion. It considers elevation to be the primary determinant of fire ecology zones in the desert bioregion. The primary factor controlling fire occurrence in the desert bioregion is the fuel condition, specifically fuel continuity and fuel type. The basic fire ecology of the predominant plant species in the low-elevation desert shrubland zone, the middle-elevation desert shrubland and the grassland zone, the high-elevation desert shrubland and the woodland zone, the desert montane woodland and the forest zone, and the desert riparian woodland and the oasis zone is reported. The chapter also explores the patterns of post-fire succession, and interactions among plant communities, fire behavior, and fire regimes. Fuel management can be a very important tool for fire managers in the California desert bioregion, even though the areas in which it is used may be a small percentage of the total region.

Keywords:   Southeastern Deserts bioregion, California, fire ecology, fire succession, fire behavior, fire regimes, plant communities, fuel management

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