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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Spruce Beetle Biology, Ecology and Management in the Rocky Mountains: An Addendum to Spruce Beetle in the Rockies, Michael J. Jenkins, Elizabeth G. Hebertson, and A. Steven Munson; Forests

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Spruce Beetle-Induced Changes to Engelmann Spruce Foliage Flammability, Wesley G. Page, Michael J. Jenkins, and Justin B. Runyon; Forest Science

2013

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Monoterpene emissions from bark beetle infested Engelmann spruce trees, Hardik S. Amin, Rachel S. Russo, Barkley Sive, E. Richard Hoebeke, Craig Dodson, Ian B. McCubbin, A. Gannet Hallar, and Kara E. Huff Hartz; Atmospheric Environment

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Bark beetle outbreaks, wildfires and defensible space: how much area do we need to treat to protect homes and communities?, Glen Aronson and Dominik Kulakowski; International Journal of Wildland Fire

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The impact of bark beetle infestations on monoterpene emissions and secondary organic aerosol formation in western North America, A. R. Berg, C. L. Heald, K. E. Huff Hartz, A. G. Hallar, A. J. H. Meddens, J. A. Hicke, J.-F. Lamarque, and S. Tilmes; Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics

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Do Bark Beetle Outbreaks Increase Wildfire Risks in the Central U.S. Rocky Mountains? Implications from Recent Research, Scott H. Black, Dominik Kulakowski, Barry R. Noon, and Dominick A. DellaSala; Natural Areas Journal

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Bark beetle effects on fuel profiles across a range of stand structures in Douglas-fir forests of Greater Yellowstone, Daniel C. Donato, Brian J. Harvey, William H. Romme, Martin Simard, and Monica G. Turner; Ecological Applications

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Evaluating post-outbreak management effects on future fuel profiles and stand structure in bark beetle-impacted forests of Greater Yellowstone, Daniel C. Donato, Martin Simard, William H. Romme, Brian J. Harvey, and Monica G. Turner; Forest Ecology and Management

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Characterizing wildfire hazard and risk in mountain pine beetle-affected stands and how to identify those characteristics at the landscape-scale, Robert W. Gray; Fire Management Today

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Forest Development and Carbon Dynamics After Mountain Pine Beetle Outbreaks, E. Matthew Hansen; Forest Science

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Influence of recent bark beetle outbreak on fire severity and post-fire tree regeneration in montane Douglas-fir forests, Brian J. Harvey, Daniel C. Donato, William H. Romme, and Monica G. Turner; Ecological Society of America

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Changes in transpiration and foliage growth in lodgepole pine trees following mountain pine beetle attack and mechanical girdling, Robert M. Hubbard, Charles C. Rhoades, Kelly Elder, and Jose Negron; Forest Ecology and Management

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Interactions Among the Mountain Pine Beetle, Fires, and Fuels, Michael J. Jenkins, Justin B. Runyon, Christopher J. Fettig, Wesley G. Page, and Barbara J. Bentz; Forest Sciene

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Low-severity fires increase susceptibility of lodgepole pine to mountain pine beetle outbreaks in Colorado, Dominik Kulalowski and Daniel Jarvis; Forest Ecology and Management

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Modeling wind fields and fire propagation following bark beetle outbreaks in spatially-heterogeneous pinyon-juniper woodland fuel complexes, Rodman R. Linn, Carolyn H. Sieg, Chad M. Hoffman, Judith L. WInterkamp, and Joel D. McMillin; Agricultural and Forest Meteorology

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Wildfire’s resistance to control in mountain pine beetle-attacked lodgepole pine forests, Wesley G. Page, Martin E. Alexander, and Michael J. Jenkins; THe Forestry Chronicle

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Foliar moisture content variations in lodgepole pine over the diurnal cycle during the red stage of mountain pine beetle attack, Wesley G. Page, Michael J. Jenkins, and Martin E. Alexander; Environmental Modelling & Software

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How will aspen respond to mountain pine beetle? A review of literature and discussion of knowledge gaps, Kristen A. Pelz and Frederick W. Smith; Forest Ecology and Management

2012

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Effect of Bark Beetle Infestation on Secondary Organic Aerosol Precursor Emissions, Hardik Amin, P. Tyson Atkins, Rachel S. Russo, Aaron W. Brown, Barkley Sive, A. Gannet Hallar, and Kara E. Huff Hartz; Environmental Science & Technology

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Bark beetle outbreaks, wildfires and defensible space : how much are do we need to treat to protect homes and communities?, Glen Aronson and Dominik Kulakowski; International Journal of Wildland Fire

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The Effects of Bark Beetle Outbreaks on Forest Development, Fuel Loads and Potential Fire Behavior in Salvage Logged and Untreated Lodgepole Pine Forests, B J. Collins, C C. Rhoades, M A. Battaglia, and R M. Hubbard; Forest Ecology and Management

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Effects of Bark Beetle-Caused Tree Mortality on Wildfire, Jeffrey A. Hicke, Morris C. Johnson, Jane L. Hayes, and Haiganoush K. Preisler; Forest Ecology and Management

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Fuel loadings 5 years after a bark beetle outbreak in south-western USA ponderosa pine forests, Chad M. Hoffman, Carolyn Hull Sieg, Joel D. McMillin, and Peter Z. Fule; International Journal of Wildland Fire

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Numerical Simulation of Crown Fire Hazard Immediately after Bark Beetle-Caused Mortality in Lodgepole Pine Forests, Chad Hoffmann, Penelope Morgan, William Mell, Russell Parsons, Eva K. Strand, and Stephen Cook; Forest Science

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Fuels and fire behavior dynamics in bark beetle-attacked forests in Western North America and implications for fire management, Michael J. Jenkins, Wesley G. Page, Elizabeth G. Hebertson, and Martin E. Alexander; Forest Ecology and Management