Texas wildfire Rodney Mestas Zack Coleman

Severe fires change forest ecology

Results consistent with other studies that documented fire deficit in forests of the western U.S.

Over the last 30 years, the landscape annually affected by forest fires has slowly increased across the Pacific Northwest, and in some regions, severe blazes account for a higher proportion of the area burned than in the past, according to Oregon State University's College of Forestry. As a result, the ecology of some of the region’s forests is changing in unprecedented ways.

Scientists calculated that less than one-half of 1% of the region’s forest is subject to fire in a

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