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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2011

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A comparison of two methods for estimating conifer live foliar moisture content, M. W. Jolly and A. M. Hadlow; International Journal of Wildland Fire

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Forest structure altered by mountain pine beetle outbreaks affects subsequent attack in a Wyoming lodgepole pine forest, USA, Daniel M. Kashian, Rebecca M. Jackson, and Heather D. Lyons; Canadian Journal of Forest Research

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Evaluating Potential Fire Behavior in Lodgepole Pine-Dominated Forests after a Mountain Pine Beetle Epidemic in North-Central Colorado, Jennifer G. Klutsch, Mike A. Battaglia, West R. Daniel, Sheryl L. Costello, and Jose F. Negron; Western Journal of Applied Forestry

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The influence of mountain pine beetle outbreaks and drought on severe wildfires in northwestern Colorado and southern Wyoming: A look at the past century, Dominik Kulakowski and Daniel Jarvis; Forest Ecology and Management

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The influence of mountain pine beetle outbreaks and drought on severe wildfires in northwestern Colorado and southern Wyoming: A look at the past century, Dominik Kulakowski and Daniel Jarvis; Forest Ecology and Management

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Interacting disturbances: wildfire severity affected by stage of forest disease invasion, Margaret R. Metz, Kerri M. Frangioso, Ross K. Meentemeyer, and David M. Rizzo; Ecological Applications

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What explains landscape patterns of tree mortality caused by bark beetle outbreaks in Greater Yellowstone?, Martin Simard, Erinn N. Powell, Kenneth F. Raffa, and Monica G. Turner; Global Ecology and Biogeography

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Do Mountain Pine Beetle Outbreaks Change the Probability of Active Crown Fire in Lodgepole Pine Forests?, Martin Simard, William H. Romme, Jacob M. Griffin, and Monica G. Turner; Ecological Monographs

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Seed release in serotinous lodgepole pine forests after mountain pine beetle outbreak, Francois P. Teste, Victor J. Lieffers, and Simon M. Landhausser; Ecological Applications

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Viability of Forest Floor and Canopy Seed Banks in Pinus contorta var. latifoia (Pinaceas) Forests After a Mountain Pine Beetle Outbreak, Francois P. Teste, Victor J. Lieffers, and Simon M. Landhausser; American Journal of Botany

2010

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Foliar moisture content input in the Canadian Forest Fire Behavior Prediction System for areas outside of Canada, M. E. Alexander; VI International Conference on Forest Fire Research

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Climate Change and Bark Beetles of the Western United States and Canada: Direct and Indirect Effects, Barbara J. Bentz, Jacques Régnière, Matthew Hansen, Jane L. Hayes, Jefferey A. Hicke, Rick G. Kelsey, Jose F. Negron, and Steven J. Seybold; BioScience

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Disturbance from Southern Pine Beetle, Suppression, and Wildfire Affects Vegetation Composition In Central Louisiana: A Case Study, T W. Coleman, Alton Martin Jr, J R. Meeker, S R. Clarke, and L K. Rieske; USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station, General Technical Report SRS-129

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Assessing Crown Fire Potential in Coniferous Forests of Western North America: A Critique of Current Approaches and Recent Simulation Studies, Miguel G. Cruz and Martin E. Alexander; International Journal of Wildland Fire

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Effects of Fire and Fire Surrogate Treatments on Bark Beetle-Caused Tree Mortality in the Southern Cascades, California, Christopher Fettig, Robert Borys, and Christopher Dabney; Forest Science

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Potential Fire Behavior in Spruce Beetle-Induced Tree Mortality in Intermountain Spruce-Fir Forests, Carl A. Jorgensen and Michael J. Jenkins; Unpublished

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Fuel Complex Alterations Associated with Spruce Beetle-Induced Tree Mortality in Intermountain Spruce-Fir Forests, USA, Carl Arik Jorgensen and Michael James Jenkins; Forest Science

2009

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Influence of fire and mountain pine beetle on the dynamics of lodgepole pine stands in British Columbia, Canada, Jodi N. Axelson, Rene I. Alfaro, and Brad C. Hawkes; Forest Ecology and Management

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Wildfire and Spruce Beetle Outbreak: Simulation of Interacting Disturbances in the Central Rocky Mountains, Justin DeRose and James N. Long; Ecoscience

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Mountain Pine Beetle, Ken Gibson, Sandy Kegley, and Barbara Bentz; Forest Insect and Disease Leaflet

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Stand Characteristics and Downed Woody Debris Accumulations Associated with a Mountain Pine Beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae Hopkins) Outbreak in Colorado, Jennifer G. Klutsch, Jose F. Negron, Sheryl L. Costello, Charles C. Rhoades, Daniel R. West, John Popp, and Rick Caissie; Forest Ecology and Management

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Variability in Fire Regimes of High-Elevation Whitebark Pine Communities, Western Montana, USA, Evan R. Larson, Saskia L. Van De Gevel, and Henri D. Grissino-Mayer; Ecoscience

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Bark beetle-caused mortality in a drought-affected ponderosa pine landscape in Arizona, USA, J. F. Negrón, J. D. McMillin, J. D. Anhold, and D. Coulson; Forest Ecology and Management

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Response of bark beetles and their natural enemies to fire and fire surrogate treatments in mixed-conifer forests in western Montana, Diana L. Six and Kjerstin Skov; Forest Ecology and Management

2008

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Developing Fire Behavior Fuel Models for the Wildland–Urban Interface in Anchorage, Alaska, Daniel Cheyette, T. Scott Rupp, and Sue Rodman; Western Journal of Applied Forestry