Fire occurrence

n. 1) One fire event occurring in a specific place within a specific period of time (Romme 1980), or 2) A general term describing past or current wildland fire events.


  • Discussion


Although this term may be helpful for some aspects of communication, such as for news or other media, the inherently vague term fire occurrence often lacks meaning in the context of ecological research.  For example, “occurrence” can be taken to mean “frequency” or simply “incidence.”  Instead, most researchers prefer to use more precise terms when describing fire frequency and other aspects of wildland fire. For further discussion, see Agee 1993, McPherson and others 1990, and Romme 1980.


  • See Also

  • References

    • Agee, James K. 1993. Fire Ecology of Pacific Northwest Forests. Washington, D.C.: Island Press. 490 p.

    • McPherson, G.R.; Wade, D.D.; Philipps, C.B. 1990. Glossary of wildland fire management terms used in the United States. Washington, D.C.: Society of American Foresters.

    • Romme, William. 1980. Fire history terminology: report of the ad hoc committee. In: Stokes, Marvin A; Dieterich,  John H., tech. coords.  Proceedings of the Fire History Workshop, 1980 Oct. 20-24; University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.  Gen. Tech. Rep. RM-81.  Fort Collins, CO:  U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station: 135-137.


  • Notes

    • Author 

      Steve Barrett, Consulting Fire Ecologist