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Predicting fire spread in Arizona's oak chaparral

Author(s):

A. W. Lindenmuth
James R. Davis

Year:

1973

Publication type:

Research Paper (RP)

Primary Station(s):

Rocky Mountain Research Station

Historical Station(s):

Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station

Source:

Res. Paper RM-101. Fort Collins, CO: USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station. 11 p.

Description

Five existing fire models, both experimental and theoretical, did not adequately predict rate-of-spread (ROS) when tested on single- and multiclump fires in oak chaparral in Arizona. A statistical model developed using essentially the same input variables but weighted differently accounted for 81 percent ofthe variation in ROS. A chemical coefficient that accounts for effects of fuel chemistry on ROS is applied to the model. The model provides usable guidelines for predicting fire spread in Arizona oak chaparral.

Citation

Lindenmuth, A. W., Jr.; Davis, James R. 1973. Predicting fire spread in Arizona's oak chaparral. Res. Paper RM-101. Fort Collins, CO: USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station. 11 p.

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