Here is another interesting read about the tree kill in relations to fire risk. Obviously this is not new to the community but none-the-less interesting.
“[...A]n analysis of wildfire extent in Oregon and Washington over the past 30 years shows very little difference in the likelihood of fires in forests with and without insect damage.”
“[…M]ountain pine beetle damage generally results in a dampening rather than an amplification of fire behavior and intensity.”
“[…W]e find that insects generally reduce the severity of subsequent wildfires.”
Do insect outbreaks reduce the severity of subsequent forest fires?
21 April 2016 Environmental Research Letters, Volume 11, Number 4
“[…L]arge fires do not appear to occur more often or with greater severity in forest tracts with beetle damage. In fact, in some cases, beetle-killed forest swaths may actually be less likely to burn.”
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