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Natural Fire in Subalpine Meadows: A Case Description from the Sierra Nevada

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During a severe drought in the summer of 1977, a lightning-ignited fire entered and spread throughout Ellis Meadow (elevation 8,800 feet) in Kings Canyon National Park in the southern Sierra Nevada of California. This is the first time that a naturally ignited fire has been documented as burning a significant portion of a Sierran subalpine meadow. It provides evidence that fires may have significantly influenced the evolution and maintenance of these high-elevation plant communities.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Research Scientist, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, U.S. Department of the Interior, Three Rivers, California.

Publication date: August 1, 1979

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