Bark beetle outbreaks have resulted in the loss of hundreds of thousands of conifers on approximately 30 million hectares of forested lands in western North America during the last decade. Many forests remain susceptible to bark beetle infestation and will continue to experience high levels of conifer mortality until suitable host trees are depleted, or natural factors cause populations to collapse. Stand conditions and drought, combined with warming temperatures, have contributed to the severity of these outbreaks, particularly in high-elevation forests.

Conventional wisdom suggests that large scale bark beetle outbreaks alter fuel complexes resulting in an increased potential for severe fires. Conversely, fires damage trees that may predispose them to bark beetle attack. In reality there is little specific quantified data supporting these assertions, and until recently, relationships between fire and western bark beetles in forests of North America have not been extensively studied. The magnitude of recent outbreaks and large wildfires has resulted in a flurry of research attempting to quantify bark beetle/fire/fuel interactions.
 
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Effects of Elevation and Aspect on the Flight Activity of Two Alien Pine Bark Beetles (Coleoptera: Curculionidae, Scolytinae) in Recently-harvested Pine Forests, E. G. Brockerhoffa, F. Chinellatoa, M. Faccolia, M. Kimberleyc, and S. M. Pawsona; Forest Ecology and Management

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Severity of a Mountain Pine Beetle Outbreak Across a Range of Stand Conditions in Fraser Experimental Forest, Colorado, United States, Anthony G. Vorstera, Paul H. Evangelistaa, Thomas J. Stonlgren, Sunil Kumara, Charles C. Rhoades, Robert M. Hubbard, Antony S. Cheng, and Kelly Elder; Forest Ecology and Management

2016

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Fire Severity and Cumulative Disturbance Effects in the Post-mountain Pine Beetle Lodgepole Pine Forests of the Pole Creek Fire, Michelle C. Agne, Travis Woolley, and Stephen Fitzgerald; Forest Ecology and Management

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Forest Composition Change After a Mountain Pine Beetle Outbreak, Rocky Mountain National Park, Jordan L. Burke and Allan L. Carroll; Forest Ecology and Managment

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The Influence of Variation in Host Tree Monoterpene Composition on Secondary Attraction by an Invasive Bark Beetle: Implications for Range Expansion and Potential Host Shift by the Mountain Pine Beetle, Jordan L. Burke and Allan L. Carroll; Forest Ecology and Management

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Using Structural Sustainability for Forest Health Monitoring and Triage: Case Study of a Mountain Pine Beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae)-impacted Landscape, Jonathan A. Cale, Jennifer G. Klutsch, Nadir Erilgin, José F. Negrón, and John D. Castelloc; Ecological Indicators

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Aftermath of Mountain Pine Beetle Outbreak in British Columbia: Stand Dynamics, Management Response and Ecosystem Resilience, Amalesh Dhar, Lael Parrott, and Christopher D. B. Hawkins; Forests

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Variables Associated With the Occurrence of Lps Beetles, Red Turpentine Beetle and Wood Borers in Live and Dead Ponderosa Pines with Post-fire Injury, Jose F. Fowler, Joel McMillin, Linda L. Wadleigh, John A. Anhold, and Ken E. Gibson; Agricultural and Forest Entomology

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Forest-landscape Structure Mediates Effects of a Spruce Bark Beetle (Dendroctonus rufipennis) Outbreak on Subsequent Likelihood of Burning in Alaskan Boreal Forest, Winslow D. Hansen, F. Stuart Chapin, Helen T. Naughton, T. Scott Rupp, and David Verbyla; Forest Ecology and Management

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Recent Tree Mortality in the Western United States from Bark Beetles and Forest Fires, Jeffrey A. Hicke, Arjan J. H. Meddens, and Crystal A. Kolden; Forest Science

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Evaluating crown fire rate of spread predictions from physics-based models, C. M. Hoffman, J. Canfield, R. R. Linn, W. Mell, C. H. Sieg, F. Pimon, and J. Ziegler; Fire Technology

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Fortifying the Forest: Thinning and Burning Increase Resistance to a Bark Beetle Outbreak and Promote Forest Resilience, Sharon M. Hood, Stephen Baker, and Anna Sala; Ecological Applications

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The (W)hole Story: Facilitation of Dead Wood Fauna by Bark Beetles?, Zuoa Juan, Johannes H. C. Cornelissena, Mariet M. Heftingb, Ute Sass-Klaassenc, Richard S. P. van Logtesijna, Jugen van Hala, Leo Goudzwaardc, Jin C. Liud, and Matty P. Berge; Soil Biology and Biochemistry

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Climate and Bark Beetle Effects on Forest Productivity - Linking Dendroecology with Forest Landscape Modeling, Alec M. Kretchun, Matthew D. Hurteau, Soumaya Belmecheri, E. Louise Loudermilk, Robert M. Scheller, and Matthew D. Hurteau; Canadian Journal of Forest Research

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Fire Severity Controlled Susceptibility to a 1940s Spruce Beetle Outbreak in Colorado, USA, Dominik Kulakowski, Thomas T. Veblen, and Beb Peter; Plos One

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Mountain Pine Beetle Dynamics and Reproductive Success in Post-Fire Lodgepole and Ponderosa Pine Forests in Northeastern Utah, Andrew P. Lerch, Jesse A. Pfammatter, Barbara J. Bentz, and Kenneth F. Raffa; Plos One

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Fallen Trees’ Last Stand Against Bark Beetles, Marceau Louis, Loic Dohet, and Jean-Claude Gregoire; Forest Ecology and Management

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Relative Importance of Climate and Mountain Pine Beetle Outbreaks on the Occurrence of Large Wildfires in the Western USA, Nathan Mietkiewicz and Dominik Kulakowski; Ecological Applications

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Assessing Spatiotemporal Relationships Between Wildfire and Mountain Pine Beetle Disturbances Across Multiple Time Lags, Michael F. Nelson, Mark Ciochina, and Christopher Bone; Ecosphere

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Spatial Variability in Tree Regeneration After Wildfire Delays and Dampens Future Bark Beetle Outbreaks, Seidi Rupert, Daniel C. Donato, Kenneth F. Raffa, and Monica G. Turner; Proceedings of the national Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

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Small Beetle, Large-scale Drivers: How Regional and Landscape Factors Affect Outbreaks of the European Spruce Bark Beetle, Seidl Rupert, Jeorg Mueller, Hothorn T. Hothorn, Claus Baessler, Marco Heurich, and Markus Kautz; Journal of Applied Ecology

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Impacts of Management on Mountain Pine Beetle Spread and Damage: A Process-rich Model, S. Strohm, M. L. Reid, and R. C. Tyson; Ecological Modelling

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Prescribed Fire Does not Promote Outbreaks of a Primary Bark Beetle at Low-density Populations, Crisia Alexandra Tabacaru, Jane Park, and Nadir Erbilgin; Journal of Applied Ecology

2015

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Does Soil Respiration Decline Following Bark Beetle Induced Forest Mortality? Evidence from a Lodgepole Pine Forest, B. Borkhuu, S. D. Peckama, B. E. Ewersa, U. Norton, and E. Pendalla; Agricultural and Forest Meteorology

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Limber Pine in the Central and Southern Rocky Mountains: Stand Conditions and Interactions with Blister Rust, Mistletoe, and Bark Beetles, Christy M. Cleaver, William R. Jocobi, Kelly S. Burns, and Robert E. mEANS; Forest Ecology and Management