Fire danger ratings associated with New Zealand's major pine plantation wildfires
Document Type: Conference Proceedings
Author(s): H. Grant Pearce; Martin E. Alexander
Publication Year: 1994

Cataloging Information

  • climatology
  • coniferous forests
  • distribution
  • drought
  • duff
  • fine fuels
  • fire case histories
  • fire danger rating
  • fire management
  • fire protection
  • fire size
  • fire suppression
  • fire weather
  • firefighting personnel
  • flammability
  • forest fire
  • forest management
  • fuel accumulation
  • fuel appraisal
  • fuel moisture
  • fuel types
  • FWI - CFFDRS Fire Weather Index System
  • human caused fires
  • ignition
  • New Zealand
  • Pinus laricio
  • Pinus nigra
  • Pinus radiata
  • plantations
  • precipitation
  • private lands
  • statistical analysis
  • weather observations
  • wildfires
  • wildland fuels
  • wind
  • International
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Forest and rural fire managers in New Zealand have used a slightly modified version of the Canadian Forest Fire Weather Index (FWI) System for rating fire danger since October 1980. Recently the system's six standard components were historically calculated from daily weather observations assembled for nine wildfires that occurred within or near the country's commercial exotic pine plantations. This paper serves to document the three FWI System fuel moisture code and three fire behaviour index values for nine plantation forest and grass fire incidents that took place between 1946 and 1988. The resulting information is already proving useful as a source of data for research purposes and in administrative studies as well as interpretive material in fire behaviour awareness training.

Online Link(s):
Pearce, H. G.; Alexander, M. E. 1994. Fire danger ratings associated with New Zealand's major pine plantation wildfires. Pages 534-543 in Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Fire and Forest Meteorology, Oct. 26-28, 1993, Jekyll Island, GA. Bethesda, MD: Society of American Foresters.