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Useful Life of Prescribed Fires in a Southern Mediterranean Basin: An Application to Pinus pinaster Stands in the Sierra Morena Range

Forest Fire Laboratory, Department of Forest Engineering, Edificio Leonardo da Vinci, Campus de Rabanales, University of Córdoba, 14071 Cordoba, Spain
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Academic Editors: Domingo M. Molina-Terrén and Paul-Antoine Santoni
Forests 2021, 12(4), 486; https://doi.org/10.3390/f12040486
Received: 1 February 2021 / Revised: 11 April 2021 / Accepted: 12 April 2021 / Published: 15 April 2021
Prescribed fire is a globally relevant fuel treatment for surface fuel management and wildfire hazard reduction. However, Mediterranean ecosystems are adapted to low and moderate fires; hence, the useful life of prescribed fires is limited. Useful life is defined as the effective rotation length of prescribed fires to mitigate fire spread based on critical surface intensity for crown combustion. In this sense, the useful life of a prescribed fire focuses on surface fuel dynamics and its potential fire behavior. In Pinus pinaster stands, the useful life can be established between 0 and 4 years. Canopy base height, time elapsed from the burning, postfire precipitation, and fine fuel moisture content during the burning were identified as the most important variables in postburn fuel dynamics. Other stand characteristics and postfire precipitation can improve the fine fuel and live fuel dynamics models. Our findings support prescribed fires as an effective fuel treatment in the medium term for forest fire prevention, according to stand characteristics and burning implementation conditions. In this sense, forest managers can use the proposed decision tree to identify the useful life of each prescribed fire based on fine fuel moisture content during burning implementation. View Full-Text
Keywords: prescribed fire rotation length; fuel treatment; fire management; fire behavior; prescribed fire effectiveness prescribed fire rotation length; fuel treatment; fire management; fire behavior; prescribed fire effectiveness
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Molina, J.R.; Ortega, M.; Rodríguez y Silva, F. Useful Life of Prescribed Fires in a Southern Mediterranean Basin: An Application to Pinus pinaster Stands in the Sierra Morena Range. Forests 2021, 12, 486. https://doi.org/10.3390/f12040486

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Molina JR, Ortega M, Rodríguez y Silva F. Useful Life of Prescribed Fires in a Southern Mediterranean Basin: An Application to Pinus pinaster Stands in the Sierra Morena Range. Forests. 2021; 12(4):486. https://doi.org/10.3390/f12040486

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Molina, Juan R., Macarena Ortega, and Francisco Rodríguez y Silva. 2021. "Useful Life of Prescribed Fires in a Southern Mediterranean Basin: An Application to Pinus pinaster Stands in the Sierra Morena Range" Forests 12, no. 4: 486. https://doi.org/10.3390/f12040486

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