Fire and Changes in Creosote Bush Scrub of the Western Sonoran Desert, California
Heavy growth of native and exotic annual vegetation promoted by extraordinarily heavy precipitation between 1976 and 1983 resulted in unprecedented fires in creosote bush scrub vegetation along the western margins of the Mojave and Sonoran deserts of southern California. This study documents fire and early postfire succession in creosote bush scrub in several bums near Palm Springs, and it evaluates the stability and biogeography of this ecosystem in relation to recurrent fire.
Brown, D.E., and R.A. Minnich. 1986. Fire and changes in Creosote Bush Scrub of the Western Sonoran Desert, California. The American Midland Naturalist 116(2):411-422.