• Climate Change and Wildfire Impacts in Southwest Forests and Woodlands

      Rogstad, Alix; Crimmins, Michael; Garfin, Gregg (College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 2012-04)
    • Climate Change and Wildfire Impacts in Southwest Forests and Woodlands (Climate Change and Variability in Southwest Ecosystems Series)

      Crimmins, Michael; Garfin, Gregg; Natural Resources & the Environment, School of (College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 2006-11)
      Southwest forests are complex systems that are influenced by climate variability. Wildfires naturally occur in these forests and woodlands, but with an increasing population, land management decisions are becoming more difficult. This publication is a result of discussions from the "Workshop on Climate Variability and Ecosystem Impacts" that was sponsored by UA Cooperative Extension in February 2005. It provides a summary of the current situation, a summary of climate change science for land management, and a brief description of suggested future research in climate science as it relates to forests and woodlands.
    • Comparing the Ignitability of Mulch Materials for a Firewise Landscape

      DeGomez, Tom; Rogstad, Alix; Schalau, Jeff; Kelly, Jack; Plant Sciences, School of (College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 2007-09)
      Eight different landscape mulches were tested for their flammability using a propane torch, charcoal briquette, and a cigarette at two different times of the year. Three randomized compete blocks with eight one square meter plots were tested at three locations; Tucson, Prescott, and Flagstaff, Arizona. Each of the mulches was subjected to the heat of a handheld propane torch (15 seconds), a glowing charcoal briquette (five minutes), and a lit cigarette (until burned out). We found that the least dense mulches (pine needles and straw) burned rapidly when subjected to the torch and ignited after the briquette was removed. The medium density mulches (pine bark nuggets and wood chips) had low flame lengths and smoldered. Heavy density mulches (garden compost and shredded bark) only smoldered. The decomposed granite and sod did not ignite or smolder.
    • Creating Wildfire-Defensible Spaces for Your Home and Property

      Deneke, Fred; Natural Resources & the Environment, School of (College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 2002-08)
    • Creating Wildfire-Defensible Spaces for Your Home and Property

      DeGomez, Tom; Jones, Chris (College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 2013-02)
    • Fire-Resistant Landscaping

      DeGomez, Tom; Jones, Chris (College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 2013-02)
    • Fire-Resistant Landscaping

      Deneke, Fred; Natural Resources & the Environment, School of (College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 2002-08)
    • FIREWISE Plant Materials for 3,000 ft. and Higher Elevations

      DeGomez, Tom; Schalau, Jeff; Jones, Chris; Campbell, Steve (College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 2011-12)
    • FIREWISE Plant Materials for 3,000 ft. and Higher Elevations

      Deneke, Fred; DeGomez, Tom; Schalau, Jeff; Jones, Chris; Natural Resources & the Environment, School of (College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 2002-08)
    • Guidelines for Thinning Ponderosa Pine for Improved Forest Health and Fire Prevention

      DeGomez, Tom; Natural Resources & the Environment, School of (College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 2006-03)
      Preventing catastrophic stand replacing events are best accomplished through thinning. Lower tree densities result in greater tree growth. Stands with lower tree densities have greater plant diversity. Determining stand conditions will provide a baseline for formulating a plan to improve stand conditions. Thinning around individual trees can improve individual tree health reducing the likelihood of damage from bark beetles, fire or drought.
    • Living with Wildfire: Homeowners' Firewise Guide for Arizona

      Jones, Christopher; Rogstad, Alix; Campbell, Stephen; Peters, David; Aylor, Dustie; Pearlberg, Clifford; Wood, Judith; Peacock, Wendell; Elek, Arthur; Natural Resources & the Environment, School of (College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 2007)
      This publication is an update and adaptation of the widely distributed Living with Fire publication created by the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and Sierra Front Wildfire Cooperators in 1998. It is an interagency collaboration of the Arizona Firewise subcommittee of the Arizona Interagency Coordinating Group. It involved the combined efforts of the Arizona State Land Department, USDI Bureau of Indian Affairs, USDI Bureau of Land Management, USDI National Park Service, USDA Forest Service, USDI Fish and Wildlife Service, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension and Arizona Fire Chiefs Association. The need to revise the over seven-year old publication emerged from the subcommittees vision of building in concepts such as Firewise Zone Landscaping and Survivable Space, as well as to update the documents appearance and organization. Its purpose to provide a quality outreach tool to increase public aware concerning Firewise concepts and to encourage and facilitate the implementation of Firewise practices by communities, neighborhoods and property owners. Living with Wildfire is a twelve-page color tabloid that addresses the following topic areas important to homeowners: current situation; fire behavior and the human environment, and in various Arizona vegetation types; detailed recommendations for creating survivable space, including a checklist and landscape management zones; frequently asked questions; and emergency and evacuation guidelines. The tabloid is to be printed in bulk by federal partners and made widely available throughout the state over the next several years.
    • Management of Forests and Woodlands (Climate Change and Variability in Southwest Ecosystems Series)

      DeGomez, Tom; Lenart, Melanie; Natural Resources & the Environment, School of (College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 2006-11)
      Climate change may have dramatic effects on Arizona's forests and woodlands. Wildfires and insects may become of greater concern. Plant species will likely shift in elevation to adapt to the warming conditions.
    • Recovering from Wildfire: A Guide for Arizona's Forest Owners

      Deneke, Fred; Natural Resources & the Environment, School of (College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 2002-08)
    • Recovering from Wildfire: A Guide for Arizona's Forest Owners

      DeGomez, Tom (College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 2011-12)
    • Soil Erosion Control after Wildfire

      Deneke, Fred; Natural Resources & the Environment, School of (College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 2002-07)
    • Soil Erosion Control after Wildfire

      DeGomez, Tom (College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 2011-12)
    • Wildfire Risk Reduction in Arizona's Interior Chaparral

      Schalau, Jeff; Twaronite, Gene; Natural Resources & the Environment, School of (College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 2010-05)
      This bulletin describes the specific characteristics and fire history of Arizona interior chaparral which distinguish it from California chaparral, and provides landscaping guidelines both to mitigate structural damage from wildfire and to maintain the health of this important vegetation type.