This paper explored post-fire effects on small mammals in burned chaparral ecosystems from the 2003 Cedar fire. Their results “highlight the dramatic changes in rodent community composition and species abundance caused by fire in chaparral” and that “recovery is largely driven by previously known relationships between small mammals and habitat structure”.
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Diffendorfer, J., G.M. Fleming, S. Tremor, W. Spencer and J.L. Beyers. 2012. The role of fire severity, distance from fire perimeter and vegetation on post-fire recovery of small-mammal communities in chaparral. International Journal of Wildland Fire 21:436-448.