Forest fire behavior research in Canada
Document Type: Conference Proceedings
Author(s): Rob S. McAlpine; Brian J. Stocks; Charles E. Van Wagner; Bruce D. Lawson; Martin E. Alexander; Timothy J. Lynham
Publication Year: 1990

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  • Canada
  • FBP - CFFDRS Fire Behavior Prediction System
  • fire danger rating system
  • fire research
  • International
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Record Last Modified: March 27, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 10930


From the beginning of fire research efforts in Canada, forest fire behavior research has been empirical in nature, producing fire behavior predictions based on models derived from field experiments. The models relate fire behavior to weather based fuel moisture codes and relative fire behavior indexes. Experimental fire sizes attempt to reflect equilibrium fire behavior conditions for the chosen fuel/weather conditions. Laboratory-based research in moisture physics and heat transfer theory provide the framework by which the field data are analyzed. The Canadian Forest Fire Behavior Prediction System is the culmination of this research on quantitative fire behavior. The ongoing goal is the production of a universal fire behavior model combining field experimental evidence with physically-based models.

Online Link(s):
McAlpine, R. S.; Stocks, B. J.; Van Wagner, C. E.; Lawson, B. D.; Alexander, M. E.; Lynham, T. J. 1990. Forest fire behavior research in Canada. Pages A.02:1-A.02:12 in Proceedings of the International Conference on Forest Fire Research, Nov. 19-22, 1990, Coimbra, Portugal. Coimbra, Portugal: University of Coimbra.