Does it Require Wildfire to Kill Eastern Redcedar?

Erin McCready Author
04/30/2019 Added
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Eastern redcedar is a fire sensitive tree that is killed using prescribed fire. Fire intensities of 160 kilowatts per meter, equivalent to ~ 2-3 foot flame length, are required to kill cedar trees. Many prescribed fires are just below this intensity, but scientists and land managers have found that by targeting fuel load and or fuel moisture conditions, this threshold can be easily reached within the prescription of a prescribed burn plan. High wind speeds are not required to kill mature cedar trees.

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