Fire is a natural ecological process, especially in the dry interior forests. However, fire exclusion by human intervention has changed the situation dramatically. A buildup of fuels over the past 60 years places these forests at greater risk of larger and more intense fires.
This research extension note describes forests with frequent stand-maintaining surface fires (Natural Disturbance Type 4 in the Biodiversity Guidebook), explains the ecological role of fire and the consequences of its exclusion, presents options for managing these sites, and highlights a few research initiatives under way in the province.
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Updated April 17, 2007