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Bulgarian fuel models developed for implementation in FARSITE simulations for test cases in Zlatograd areaAuthor(s): Nina Dobrinkova; LaWen Hollingsworth; Faith Ann Heinsch; Greg Dillon; Georgi Dobrinkov
Source: In: Wade, Dale D.; Fox, Rebekah L., eds; Robinson, Mikel L., comp. Proceedings of 4th Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference; 18-22 February 2013, Raleigh, NC; and 1-4 July 2013, St. Petersburg, Russia. Missoula, MT: International Association of Wildland Fire. p. 513-521.
Publication Series: Paper (invited, offered, keynote)
Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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DescriptionAs a key component of the cross-border project between Bulgaria and Greece known as OUTLAND, a team from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and Rocky Mountain Research Station started a collaborative project to identify and describe various fuel types for a test area in Bulgaria in order to model fire behavior for recent wildfires. Although there have been various efforts to map vegetation in Bulgaria, these datasets have not directly provided the types of data necessary to use the wildfire spread models. This project focuses on using available data sources for Bulgaria including paper maps displaying Bulgarian vegetation in 1991 (Bondev 1991), high resolution orthophotography from 2011, Corine Land Cover spatial data (http://www.eea.europa.eu/data-and-maps), and both paper and spatial vegetation maps from the local municipal forestry department. The objective of this paper is to describe a methodology that can be used in simulating wildfires for the Zlatograd region of Bulgaria. This methodology includes classifying the surface fuels using both custom fuel models and fuel models developed and commonly used in the United States (Anderson 1982; Scott and Burgan 2005), reformatting local weather data, and performing fire behavior simulations using the FARSITE fire area simulator for fifteen fires in the study area.
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CitationDobrinkova, Nina; Hollingsworth, LaWen; Heinsch, Faith Ann; Dillon, Greg; Dobrinkov, Georgi. 2014. Bulgarian fuel models developed for implementation in FARSITE simulations for test cases in Zlatograd area. In: Wade, Dale D.; Fox, Rebekah L., eds; Robinson, Mikel L., comp. Proceedings of 4th Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference; 18-22 February 2013, Raleigh, NC; and 1-4 July 2013, St. Petersburg, Russia. Missoula, MT: International Association of Wildland Fire. p. 513-521.
KeywordsZlatograd, OUTLAND project, Greece-Bulgaria cross-border program, FARSITE, fire behavior modeling, custom fuel models
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