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    Author(s): Brian E. Potter; Dan Borsum; Don Haines
    Date: 2002
    Source: Fire Management Today 62(3):41-46
    Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
    Station: North Central Research Station
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    Description

    Most incident command teams can handle low- to moderate-intensity fires with few unanticipated problems. However, high-intensity situations, especially the plume-dominated fires that often develop when winds are low and erratic behavior is unexpected, can create dangerous situations even for well-trained, experienced fire crews (Rothermel 1991). Plume-dominated fires have a strong convection column that towers above the fire rather than leaning over before the wind. They differ from wind-driven fires in that the winds are lower and primarily fire induced. Some authors (Byram 1954) have called plume-dominated fires "blowup fires," but that name is now commonly used for any sudden increase in fire activity.

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    Potter, Brian E.; Borsum, Dan; Haines, Don. 2002. Keeping Haines Real - Or Really Changing Haines?. Fire Management Today 62(3):41-46

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