Fire in the Ozarks: tree-ring research reveals widespread fires in region’s past

photograph of a burning fire

Scientists at the University of Missouri have found historical evidence of widespread, recurring wildfires in the Ozarks and elsewhere by studying old tree stumps, some of which date to the 1500s and earlier.

These researchers’ findings are now available online in a multimedia fire history presentation, “Fire in the Ozarks: Burning by humans has shaped the landscape,” published by Oak Woodlands & Forests Fire Consortium and hosted by ArcGIS StoryMaps.

Featuring photos, slideshows, maps, and videos, the “Fire in the Ozarks” StoryMap tells how dendrochronologists — researchers who study history revealed by tree rings and the fire scars contained within tree rings — have discovered a remarkable pattern of fire repeated over hundreds of years, continent wide, but particularly in the Ozarks. 

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