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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2001

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Postfire Survival in South Florida Slash Pine: Interacting Effects of Fire Intensity, Fire Season, Vegetation, Burn Size, and Bark Beetles, Eric S. Menges and Mark A. Deyrup; International Journal of Wildland Fire

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Within-stand spatial distribution of tree mortality caused by the Douglas-fir beetle (Coleoptera: Scolytidae)., J. F. Negrón, J. A. Anhold, and A. S. Munson; Environmental Entomolgy

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Mixed Messages Across Multiple Trophic Levels: The Ecology of Bark Beetle Chemical Communication Systems, Kenneth F. Raffa; Chemoecology

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Interactions Between Fire and Bark Beetles in an Old Growth Pine Forest, Alyson E. Santoroa, Maria J. Lombarderoa, Matthew P. Ayresa, and Jonathan J. Ruelb; Forest Ecology and Management

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Assessing crown fire potential by linking models of surface and crown fire behavior, J. H. Scott and E. D. Reinhardt; USDA Forest Service Research Paper

2000

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Mixed-severity fire regimes in the northern Rocky Mountains: Consequences of fire exclusion and options for the future, S. F. Arno, D. J. Parsons, and R. E. Keane; Proceedings: Wilderness science in a time of change conference

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Fire in Western Forest Ecosystems, Stephen F. Arno; Wildland Fire in Ecosystems: Effects of Fire on Flora

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Effects of Fire on Bark Beetle Presence on Jeffrey Pine in the Lake Tahoe Basin, Tim Bradley and Paul Tueller; Forest Ecology and Managment

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Survivability and Deterioration of Fire-Injured Trees in the Northern Rocky Mountains : A Review of the Literature, Gregg DeNitto, Bill Cramer, Ken Gibson, Blakey Lockman, Tim McConnell, Larry Stipe, Nancy Sturdevant, and Jane Taylor; USDA Forest Service, Northern Region, Forest Health Protection, Report #2000-13

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Fire history in the ponderosa pine / Douglas-fir forests on the east slope of the Washington Cascades, R. L. Everett, R. Schellhaas, D. Keenum, D. Spurbeck, and P. Ohlson; Forest Ecology and Management

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Impacts of Douglas-fir Beetles on overstory and understory conditions of Douglas-fir stands, J. D. Mcmillin and K. K. Allen; USDA Forest Service

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Disturbances of Plant Communities : Spruce Bark Beetle Infestation, C Moss-Walker and L Thomas

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Within-Stand Spatial Distribution of Tree Mortality Caused by the Douglas-Fir Beetle (Coleoptera : Scolytidae), Jose F. Negron, John A. Anhold, and Steve Munson; Environmental Entomology

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Assessment and Response to Bark Beetle Outbreaks in the Rocky Mountain Area, Safiya Samman and Jesse Logan

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Disturbance Patterns in Southern Rocky Mountain Forests, Thomas T. Veblen; Forest Fragmentation in the Southern Rocky Mountains

1999

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Long-term landscape patterns of past fire events in a montane ponderosa pine forest of central Colorado, P. M. Brown, M. R. Kaufmann, and W. D. Sheppard; Landscape Ecology

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Bark Beetle Outbreaks Following the Little Wolf Fire, Tally Lake Ranger District, Flathead National Forest, Ken Gibson, Ed Lieser, and Barb PIng; USDA Forest Service, Northern Region, Forest Health Protection

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Effects of Thinning and Similar Stand Treatments on Fire Behavior in Western Forests, Russell T. Graham, Alan E. Harvey, Threasa B. Jain, and Jonalea R. Tonn

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The Spruce Beetle, E H. Holsten, R W. Their, A S. Munson, and K E. Gibson; Forest Insect and Disease Leaflet

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Model Analysis of Mountain Pine Beetle (Coleoptera : Scolytidae) Seasonality, Jesse A. Logan and Barbara J. Bentz; Environmental Entomology

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Estimating Extent of Mortality Associated with the Douglas-Fir Beetle in the Central and Northern Rockies, Jose F. Negron, Willis C. Schaupp Jr., Kenneth E. Gibson, John Anhold, Dawn Hansen, Ralph Thier, and Phil Mocettini; Western Journal of Applied Forestry

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Plant-pest interactions in time and space: A Douglas-fir bark beetle outbreak as a case study, J. S. Powers, P. Sollins, M. E. Harmon, and J. A. Jones; Landscape Ecology

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Douglas-Fir Beetle in the Intermountain West, USDA Forest Service

1998

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The landscape ecology of western forest fire regimes, J. K. Agee; Northwest Science

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Current and Proposed Technologies for Bark Beetle Management, Richard A. Goyer, Michael R. Wagner, and Timothy D. Schowalter; Journal of Forestry