Fire behavior forecasting in the boreal forest: two decision support aids for Canadian fire managers
Document Type: Conference Proceedings
Author(s): Martin E. Alexander
Publication Year: 1991

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boreal forest; Canada; CFFDRS - Canadian Forest Fire Danger Rating System; coniferous forests; convection; cover; cover type; crown fires; decision support tools; field experimental fires; fire behavior forecasting; fire control; fire danger rating; fire intensity; fire management; fire management planning; fire suppression; fire weather; fire whirls; forest management; fuel types; ignition; lightning; Picea; Picea mariana; pine forests; Pinus banksiana; rate of spread; surface fires; topography
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Tall Timbers Record Number: 194
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Many fire management decisions and actions require the fire manager to estimate, as accurately as possible, how a forest fire will behave under defined burning conditions. The ultimate goal of fire behavior research is to provide simple, timely answers to the following questions (given an actual ignition or a simulated fire occurrence) for any specified fuel, weather, and topographic situation. What will be the head fire rate of spread? Will it be a high intensity or low intensity fire? Will it be a crown fire or surface fire? Is there a possibility of it 'blowing up'? The Canadian Forest Fire Danger Rating System (CFFDRS) represents the practical output of Forestry Canada's (formerly the Canadian Forestry Service) national program of fire behavior research.

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Alexander, M. E. 1991. Fire behavior forecasting in the boreal forest: two decision support aids for Canadian fire managers. Pages 403-404 in Proceedings of the 17th Tall Timbers Fire Ecology Conference, High Intensity Fire in Wildlands: Management Challenges and Options, May 18-21, 1989, Tallahassee, Florida. Tallahassee, FL: Tall Timbers Research Station.