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Near zero mortality in juvenile Pinus hartwegii Lindl. after a prescribed burn and comparison with mortality after a wildfire

Ramón Hernández-Correa (1-3), Dante Arturo Rodríguez-Trejo (1), Arturo Cruz-Reyes (2)

iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, Volume 12, Issue 4, Pages 397-402 (2019)
doi: https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor2760-012
Published: Jul 31, 2019 - Copyright © 2019 SISEF

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Fire is considered a relevant ecological factor, however, human alterations of fire regime facilitate more destructive wildfires. The aims of this work were to model probability of tree mortality and to identify the factors associated with leader shoot growth in a prescribed burn area and in a nearby wildfire area in a juvenile Pinus hartwegii Lindl. stand in central Mexico. A prescribed burn was carried out in 10-ha stand in March 2012, and compared with a close area affected by a wildfire occurred one week later, as well as with a nearby unburned area taken as control. A logistic model was used to estimate the probability of mortality, and a linear regression model was employed to investigate factors related to leader shoot growth. No tree mortality was recorded in the unburned control. In contrast, mortality was 6% in the prescribed burn and 66.9% in the wildfire area. The probability of mortality was influenced by stem char height (positively, p<0.0001), tree height (negatively, p=0.0443), and diameter at breast height (negatively, p<0.0001). The variables that had more influence on leader shoot growth were stem char height (negatively, p<0.0001) and tree height (positively, p<0.0001). This work supports evidence of the feasibility of using low intensity prescribed burns in this ecosystem with minimum effects on young tree mortality.


Fire Adaptations, Fire Ecology, Integral Fire Management, Prescribed Burning, Probability of Mortality, Logistic Regression, Pinus hartwegii

Authors’ address

Ramón Hernández-Correa
Dante Arturo Rodríguez-Trejo 0000-0002-1407-8365
División de Ciencias Forestales, Universidad Autónoma Chapingo, Chapingo, Edo. de Méx., km. 38.5 carretera México-Texcoco, C.P. 56230 (México)
Arturo Cruz-Reyes
Comisión Nacional Forestal, Puerta Calle Progreso 114, Santa Catarina, Del. Coyoacán, C.P. 04100, Ciudad de México (México)

Corresponding author


Hernández-Correa R, Rodríguez-Trejo DA, Cruz-Reyes A (2019). Near zero mortality in juvenile Pinus hartwegii Lindl. after a prescribed burn and comparison with mortality after a wildfire. iForest 12: 397-402. - doi: 10.3832/ifor2760-012

Academic Editor

Nicola Puletti

Paper history

Received: Feb 13, 2018
Accepted: May 12, 2019

First online: Jul 31, 2019
Publication Date: Aug 31, 2019
Publication Time: 2.67 months

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