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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Susceptibility of Fire-Injured Douglas-Fir to Bark Beetle Attack in Southern Idaho, Malcolm M. Furniss; Journal of Forestry
Influence of Logging on Douglas Fir Beetle Populations, R R. Lejeune, L H. McMullen, and M D. Atkins; The Forestry Chronicle
Forest and shade tree entomology, Roger F. Anderson; John Wiley & Sons, Incorportated, Hoboken, NJ, 428 pp.
Biology and control of the western pine beetle : a summary of the first 50 years of research, J M. Miller and F P. Keen; USDA Forest Service, Miscellaneous Publications number 800, 381 pp.
The Effects of Woodpeckers on Populations of the Engelmann Spruce Beetle, F B. Knight; Journal of Economic Entomology
Biology and Control of the Engelmann Spruce Beetle in Colorado, C L. Massey and N D. Wygant
Forest Fires in the Northern Rocky Mountains, J S. Barrows
Rate of Deterioration of Beetle-Killed Engelmann Spruce, James L. Mielke; Journal of Forestry