Adaptation To Wildfire: A Fish Story

Kirkland, J., Flitcroft, R., Reeves, G. and Hessburg, P., 2017. Adaptation to wildfire: A fish story.
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In the Pacific Northwest, native salmon and trout are some of the toughest survivors on the block. Over time, these fish have evolved behavioral adaptations to natural disturbances, and they rely on these disturbances to deliver coarse sediment and wood that become complex stream habitat. Powerful disturbances such as wildfire, postfire landslides, and debris flows may be detrimental to fish populations in the short term, but over time, they enrich instream habitats, enhancing long-term fish survival and productivity.