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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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. Northeastern Plateaus Bioregion

. Northeastern Plateaus Bioregion

(p.225) chapter 11. Northeastern Plateaus Bioregion
Fire in California's Ecosystems

Gregg M. Riegel

Richard F. Miller

Carl N. Skinner

Sydney E. Smith

University of California Press

This chapter describes the tall volcanoes and extensive lava flows that characterize the Northeastern Plateaus bioregion. This region represents California’s portion of the Great Basin. There are four basic fire weather patterns that can significantly affect fire behavior and natural ignitions in northeastern California during the May-to-October fire season. These are: the pre-frontal winds, lightning with low precipitation, moist monsoon, and strong subsidence/low relative humidity patterns. Additionally, the fire responses of important species and fire regime-plant community interactions in the sagebrush steppe, the lower-montane zone, the mid-montane zone, the upper montane zone, the subalpine zone, and the non-zonal vegetation are outlined. Changes to fire regimes have caused changes in plant community composition and structure, and wildlife habitat in many plant communities. Fire continues to be an important ecological process throughout the Northeastern Plateaus bioregion but its role has greatly changed.

Keywords:   Northeastern Plateaus bioregion, tall volcanoes, lava flows, California, fire weather, plant community

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