Fire intensity effects on post-fire fuel recovery in Eucalyptus open forests of south-eastern Australia
Liubov Volkova, Alexander G Weiss Aparicio, Christopher J Weston
SCIENCE OF THE TOTAL ENVIRONMENT | ELSEVIER | Published : 2019
This is a study of the re-accumulation of bushfire fuels following both prescribed fire of low fireline intensity (10,000 kW m-1) in Australian Eucalyptus open forests of differing annual rainfall. Repeated measurements over 5 to 7 years of litter, elevated fuels, coarse woody debris, and bark revealed more rapid fuel recovery in higher rainfall forests compared with lower rainfall forests, following prescribed fire. In prescribed-burnt forests with mean annual rainfall 900-950 mm all fuel categories recovered to very high within seven years, with elevated fuels exceeding pre-fire loads by up to 200%. No fuels in prescribed-burnt forests with mean annual rainfall 600-650 mm recovered to pre-..View full abstract
Authors acknowledge Fedor Torgovnikov, Ekaterina Torgovnikova, Puguh Akhmadi and Chinthaka Jayasinghe for helping with field data collection. We thank the German Academy Exchange Service (DAAD) for providing scholarship for Alexander G. Weiss Aparicio for the duration of his exchange and the Free University Berlin and the University of Melbourne for enabling it.