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First published in Arctic Science v.9 n.2 (2023) by Canadian Science Publishing. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1139/as-2021-0042

Document Type

Article

Keywords

boreal forest, community observations, remote sensing, Siberia, wildfires

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Arctic Science

Volume

9

Issue

2

First Page

393

Last Page

407

Abstract

The paper is aimed at assessing the associations between the road networks geography and dynamics of wildfire events in the East Siberian boreal forest. We examined the relationship between the function of roads, their use, and management and the wildfire ignition, propagation, and termination during the catastrophic fire season of 2016 in the Irkutsk Region of Russia. Document analysis and interviews were utilized to identify main forest users and road infrastructure functional types and examine wildfire management practices. We combined community observations and satellite remotely sensed data to assess relationships between the location, extent, and timing of wildfires and different types of roads as fire sources, barriers, and suppression access points. Our study confirms a strong spatial relationship between the wildfire ignition points and roads differentiated by their types with the highest probability of fire ignition near forestry roads and the lowest near subsistence roads. Roads also play an important role in wildfire suppression, working as both physical barriers and access points for firefighters. Our research illustrates the importance of local and Indigenous observations along the roads for monitoring and understanding wildfires, including “zombie fires”. It also has practical implications for fire management collectively developed by authorities and local communities.

Department

Department of Geography

Original Publication Date

6-1-2023

Object Description

1 PDF File

DOI of published version

10.1139/as-2021-0042

Repository

UNI ScholarWorks, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

Copyright

©2022 The Author(s). CC BY 4.0 License

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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