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Table 3 Summary of fire history information from studies using annual growth rings conducted in coast redwood forests in California.

From: Fire History in Coast Redwood Stands in the Northeastern Santa Cruz Mountains, California

Location Data type Fire interval (years) Fire interval range (years) Time period Study size (ha) Source
Northern Humboldt County Composite 8 2–22 1714–1881 0.25–3 1)Brown & Swetnam 1994
Southern Humboldt County Composite 11–44 8–87 Pre1875 7 2)Stuart 1987*
Interval 25 Pre1925 12 3)Fritz 1931
Western Mendocino County Composite 6–22 2–34 1700–1900 6–22 4)Brown & Baxter 2003
Point 10–25 2–43 1700–1900 6–22
Northern Sonoma County Interval 6–9 2–85 1650–1950 200 5)Finney & Martin 1989
Point 21–29 2–85 1650–1950 200
Southeastern Sonoma County Point 6–23 2–131 Pre1850 <5 Finney & Martin 1992
Western Marin County Composite 8–13 4–17 1840–1945 6)Brown et al. 1999
Point 8–12 3–18 Pre1850  
Point 8–22 1450–1850 5–10 Finney 1990
Southern Marin County Point 22–27 2–98 Pre1850 75 Jacobs et al. 1985
Southern San Mateo County Interval 9–16 2–58 Pre1860 1–3 7)This study
Point 12 2–58 Pre1860 1–3
  1. Composite data was derived from pith dates of post-fire resprouts surrounding sampled fire scarred stumps.