A 2015 study indicates that the reintroduction of fire in frequent fire forests of the Sierra Nevada creates a heterogeneous forest landscape and promotes diverse small mammal assemblages.
Susan L. Roberts, Douglas A. Kelt, Jan W. van Wagtendonk, A. Keith Miles, and Marc D. Meyer. 2015. Effects of fire on small mammal communities in frequent-fire forests in California. Journal of Mammalogy 96(1):107–119. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jmammal/gyu011