Fire History of a Post Oak (Quercus stellata Wang.) Woodland in Hamilton County, Illinois

  title={Fire History of a Post Oak (Quercus stellata Wang.) Woodland in Hamilton County, Illinois},
  author={William E. McClain and Terry L. Esker and Bob Edgin and Greg Spyreas and John E. E. Ebinger},
Abstract Cross-sections of 36 post oaks (Quercus stellata Wang.) were examined to determine the fire history of a post oak woodland in Hamilton County, Illinois. The 226-year tree ring record contained three distinct periods; a fire era from 1776 to1850 having a mean fire return interval of 1.97 years, a fire-free period from 1851 to1884, and a second fire era from 1885 to 1996 having a mean fire return interval of 1.44 years. The fire-free interval corresponds with the rapid settlement of… 

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