Hilgardia
Hilgardia
Hilgardia
University of California
Hilgardia

Chaparral fires change soil moisture depletion patterns

Authors

C. M. McKell
J. R. Goodin
C. C. Duncan

Authors Affiliations

C. M. McKell is Agronomist, Department of Agronomy, University of California, Riverside; J. R. Goodin is Assistant Agronomist, Department of Agronomy, University of California, Riverside; C. C. Duncan is Laboratory Technician, Department of Agronomy, University of California, Riverside.

Publication Information

Hilgardia 22(11):15-16. DOI:10.3733/ca.v022n11p15. November 1968.

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Abstract

Wildfires in Chaparral Occur with amazing regularity and consume a tremendous amount of fuel. Published figures indicate that the average fire in chamise consumes between 15 and 25 tons of fuel. However, only temporary changes in vegetation occur as a result of the fire; the resprouting habit of most chaparral species insures that there will be abundant fuel for the next fire. The relatively small changes in vegetation consist primarily of dramatic but short-duration increases in annual species.

McKell C, Goodin J, Duncan C. 1968. Chaparral fires change soil moisture depletion patterns. Hilgardia 22(11):15-16. DOI:10.3733/ca.v022n11p15
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