FIRE DAMAGE TO TREES AND SHRUBS

FIRE DAMAGE TO TREES AND SHRUBS

Fire affects the trees and shrubs in different ways. Fire affects the individual plant species in one way and other species in another way. The extent to which the trees and shrubs are affected also depends on the intensity and severity of the fire. Biological factors (like morphology and physiology) of the plants also contribute to the post-fire effects. Other factors like age, resistance to heat and seasonality of the plant also directly affects the extent of fire damage. We can say that fire damage have different impacts on different shrubs and trees but here we would discuss the individual shrubs and trees and the extent to which they can be affected by a fire damage.

INDIVIDUAL PLANT TISSUE

Scientists like los angeles fire damage repair have been trying for so many years to determine a temperature at which the vascular plant tissue can be destroyed. This temperature is 60 degree centigrade and according to some other scientists even 45 degrees are also enough to make the plant tissues dead. The recent studies show that this temperature is 50-55 degree. Mortality rate of an individual plant varies and depends upon different factors like sensitivity of the plant. Plants can die at high temperatures as well as low temperatures depending upon the time period for which the plant was exposed to the heat or fire.

INDIVIDUAL SHRUBS AND FIRE DAMAGE

The impact of fire on individual shrubs depends upon different factors like intensity of fire, plant morphology    and seasonality etc. positivity and negativity of the impact depends upon the plant species and severity of fire. Moisture content also has an impact on the extent of fire damage in individual shrubs. The bark, twigs and leaves have generally more moisture content and hence a high temperature is needed to ignite them. Moisture level varies from season to season and this level reaches its highest when leaves are formed. And shoots are longed.

INDIVIDUAL TREES AND FIRE DAMAGE

Fire damage to individual trees depends upon various factors like age of the tree, conditions of growing and fire resistant barks etc. the mortality of trees also depends upon the severity of fire. The thickness of bark is a major factor that affects the fire resistance. This is also known as the stem effect. Bark effect depends upon the specie, diameter and age of the tree. Other factors include the crown of the tree, density of the branches and height of the tree.

 

 

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