The Recent Fire History of Cumberland Island, Georgia


Sally Turner

Additional Authors:

Susan P. Bratton


December – 1987


Fire, Cumberland, Island, Georgia, charcoal


Investigation of archival materials, interviews, and field survey for charcoal and fire scars indicates pine and oak scrub communities and fresh water wetlands on Cumberland Island National Seashore have burned multiple times since 1900. Fire rotations are 20 to 30 years and correlate to coastal drought cycles. Lightning is an important source of ignition indicating succession from scrub communities to forest may be inhibited by frequent natural fires.