At the University of Minnesota we recently finished a project to synthesize what is known about fire in oak ecosystems of the upper Midwest, although much of the information also applies to a broader geographic region. This report is now available:
Frelich, L.E., P.B. Reich and D.W. Peterson. 2015. Fire in Upper Midwestern Oak Forest Ecosystems: An Oak Restoration and Management Handbook. General Technical Report PNW-GTR-914. USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station.
You can download a pdf from my website:http://www.forestry.umn.edu/sites/fores ... tr-914.pdf
Or, you can watch a 50-minute summary with narrated slides on You Tube:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TT1NGZ3K02g
The main idea is the 'oak triangle', which puts oak in the middle and shows relationships between oak and (1) temperate maple forests, (2) boreal forests/cold temperate pine forests, and (3) savannas and grasslands. We explore how the balance between oak and each of these three vegetation types is regulated by fire and climate as well as other factors like deer browsing and invasive species.