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1 December 2008 Fire Regimes, Fire Ecology, and Fire Management in Mexico
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I propose several broad fire regimes and provide an analysis of fire ecology for the principal vegetation types in Mexico. Forty percent of Mexican ecosystems are fire-dependent (pine forests, several oak forests, grasslands, several shrublands, savannas, palm lands, wet prairies, “popal” and “tular” swamps), 50% are fire-sensitive (tropical rain forests and tropical seasonal forests, tropical cloud forests, mangrove, fir forests, several oak forests, and several shrublands), and the remaining 10% fall into fire-influenced (such as several gallery forests) and fire-independent categories (shrublands in most xeric environments, very high-altitude prairies). I also present an analysis of current fire-management trends, highlighting the trend toward integral fire management, which merges prevention and control, community-based fire management, and ecological fire management.

Dante Arturo Rodríguez Trejo "Fire Regimes, Fire Ecology, and Fire Management in Mexico," AMBIO: A Journal of the Human Environment 37(7), 548-556, (1 December 2008). https://doi.org/10.1579/0044-7447-37.7.548
Published: 1 December 2008
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