On January 20, 2016, Dr. Derek Scasta from the University of Wyoming presented a webinar about the effects of fire on parasites such as horn flies and ticks. Controlling parasites has implications for human health as well as livestock production. Learn more about Dr. Scasta's work here. You can also view a recent talk he gave about the fuel-forage paradox here. The webinar recording can be viewed below.
If you are interested in learning more, you can access Dr. Scasta's work on his Google Scholar page or ResearchGate. The following references include a few of the citations from Scasta's presentation.
Scasta, J. D. (2015). Fire and parasites: an under-recognized form of anthropogenic land use change and mechanism of disease exposure. EcoHealth, 1-6.
Talley JL, Scasta JD, Payne J, Dubie T, Richards C, Rolf M. 2015. Cross-disciplinary dialog between animal scientists, rangeland ecologists and veterinary entomologists leads to novel control practices of external parasites in beef systems. Entomological Society of America. Minneapolis, MN.
Trollope, W. S. (2011). Personal perspectives on commercial versus communal African fire paradigms when using fire to manage rangelands for domestic livestock and wildlife in southern and east African ecosystems. Fire Ecology 7(1):57-73.