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FIRE ECOLOGY OF A MONTANE PINE FOREST, JUNIPERO SERRA PEAK, CALIFORNIA

Steven N. Talley and James R. Griffin
Madroño
Vol. 27, No. 2 (APRIL 1980), pp. 49-60
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41424252
Page Count: 12
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FIRE ECOLOGY OF A MONTANE PINE FOREST, JUNIPERO SERRA PEAK, CALIFORNIA
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Abstract

Between 1640 and 1907 fires hot enough to produce basal scars on pines in a small isolated Pinus lambertiana forest in the Santa Lucia Range of central California occurred on the average of once every 21 years. Excepting two small lightning fires that were quickly extinguished, no fires occurred in the pine forest after 1907 until the lightning-caused Marble-Cone fire burned the entire forest in 1977. This was the most intense burn recorded within the life of the present forest. It caused significant loss of pines, particularly within the 40 percent of the forest on the north summit above 1600 m elevation. Changes in forest composition resulting from the Marble-Cone fire suggest that several more fires following 50-75 year intervals may eliminate P. lambertiana forest above 1600 m on Junipero Serra Peak.

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