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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Virulence of, and interactions among mountain pine beetle associated blue-stain fungi on two pine species and their hybrids in Alberta, A. V. Rice, M. N. Thormann, and D. W. Langor; Canadian Journal of Botany

2006

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Collaborative Capacity, Problem Framing, and Mutual Trust in Addressing the Wildland Fire Social Problem : An Annotated Reading List, Jeffrey J. Brooks, Alexander N. Bujak, Joseph G. Champ, and Daniel R. Williams

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Landscape analyses of Douglas-fir beetle populations in northern Idaho, K. J. Dodds, S. L. Garman, and D. W. Ross; Forest Ecology and Management

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Risk rating systems for the Douglas-fir beetle in the Interior Western United States, K. J. Dodds, S. L. Garman, and D. W. Ross; Western Journal of Applied Forestry

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The Effects of Mechanical Fuel Reduction Treatments on the Activity of Bark Beetles (Coleoptera: Scolytidae) Infesting Ponderosa Pine, Christopher J. Fettig, Joel D. McMillin, John A. Anhold, Shakeeb M. Hamud, Robert R. Borys, Christopher P. Dabney, and Steven J. Seybold; Forest Ecology and Management

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Fuels and Fire Behavior in Chipped and Unchipped Plots: Implications for Land Management Near the Wildland/Urban Interface, Jeff S. Glitzenstein, Donna R. Streng, Gary L. Achtemeier, Luke P. Naeher, and Dale D. Wade; Forest Ecology and Management

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Interactions among fire, insects and pathogens in coniferous forests of the interior western United States and Canada, T. J. Parker, K. M. Clancy, and R. L. Mathiasen; Agricultural and Forest Entomology

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Estimating canopy fuel characteristics in five conifer stands in the western United States using tree and stand measurements, E. Reinhardt, J. Scott, K. Gray, and R. Keane; Canadian Journal of Forest Research

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Tree Mortality From Fire and bark Beetles Following Early and Late Season Prescribed Fires in a Sierra Nevada Mixed-conifer Forest, Dylan W. Schwilka, Eric E. Knappb, Scott M. Ferrenberga, Jon E. Keeleya, and Anthony C. Capriod; Forest Ecology and Management

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Comparison of crown fire modeling systems used in three fire management applications, J. H. Scott; USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Paper

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Irrationality of Continued Fire Suppression : An Avoided Cost Analysis of Fire Hazard Reduction Treatments Versus No Treatment, Gary Snider, P J. Daugherty, and D Wood; Journal of Forestry

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Estimating the probability of mountain pine beetle red-attack damage, M. A. Wulder, J. C. White, B. Bentz, M. F. Alvarez, and N. C. Coops; Remote Sensing of the Environment

2005

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Basic Principles of Forest Fuel Reduction Treatments, James K. Agee and Carl N. Skinner; Forest Ecology and Management

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Multiple disturbance interactions and drought influence fire severity in Rocky Mountain subalpine forests, C. Bigler, D. Kulakowski, and T. T. Veblen; Ecology

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Regional Vegetation Die-Off in Response to Global-Change-Type Drought, David D. Breshears, Neil S. Cobb, Paul M. Rich, Kevin P. Price, Craig D. Allen, Randy G. Balice, William H. Romme, Jude H. Kastens, M. Lisa Floyd, Jayne Belnap, Jesse J. Anderson, Orrin B. Myers, and Clifton W. Meyer; Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

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Attack and Brood Production by the Douglas-Fir Beetle (Coleoptera : Scolytidae) in Douglas-fir, Pseudotsuga menziesii var. glauca (Pinaceae), Following a Wildfire, Catherine A. Cunningham, Michael J. Jenkins, and David W. Roberts; Western North American Naturalits

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Forest Fuel Treatments in Western North America : Merging Silviculture and Fire Management, Morris C. Johnson and David L. Peterson; The Forestry Chroncle

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Estimating forest canopy bulk density using six indirect methods, R. E. Keane, E. D. Reinhardt, J. Scott, K. Gray, and J. Reardon; Canadian Journal of Forest Research

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Utah Forest Insect and Disease Conditons Report 2002-2004, K Matthews, V DeBlander, L Pederson, P Mocettini, and D Halsey

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Root Diseases in Coniferous Forests of the Inland West : Potential Implications of Fuels Treatments, Raini C. Rippy, Jane E. Stewart, Paul J. Zambino, Ned B. Klopfenstein, Joanne M. Tirocke, Mee-Sook Kim, and Walter G. Thies

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Standard Fire Behavior Fuel Models : A Comprehensive Set for Use with Rothermel's Surface Fire Spread Model, Joe H. Scott and Robert E. Burgan

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Long-term Impacts of Stand Management on Ponderosa Pine Physiology and Bark Beetle Abundance in Northern Arizona: A Replicated Landscape Study, G. L. Zausen, T. E. Kolb, J. D. Bailey, and M. R. Wagner; Forest Ecology and Management

2004

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Forest restoration and fire: Principals in the context of place, R. T. Brown, J. K. Agee, and J. F. Franklin; Conservation Biology

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Risk and Damage of Southern Pine Beetle Outbreaks Under Global Climate Change, Jianbang Gan; Forest Ecology and Management

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Science Basis for Changing Forest Structure to Modify Wildfire Behavior and Severity, Russell T. Graham, Sarah McCaffrey, and Theresa B. Jain