What were the Canadian fire danger indices? Follow-up to the Spokane area firestorm '91 report
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): Martin E. Alexander; H. Grant Pearce
Publication Year: 1992

Cataloging Information

  • fire behavior case study
  • fire danger indices
  • firestorm
  • FWI - CFFDRS Fire Weather Index System
  • Spokane
  • Washington
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Record Last Modified: March 27, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 10948


From the introduction: The numerical values of the three fuel moisture codes and the three fire behaviour indexes comprising the Canadian Forest Fire Weather Index (FWI) System associated with the 1990 Stephan Bridge Road Fire in Michigan were documented in a previous issue of Wildfire News & Notes (Vol. 6, No.1, p. 6). Obviously this same kind of information will also be of interest to Canadian readers and several overseas users of the FWI System (New Zealand, for example, has used the system since 1980) for the multiple wildfire situation (93 separate incidents) which took place on October 16, 1991 in the Spokane area of eastern Washington as described in the Fire Storm '91 Case Study publication prepared by the NFPA Fire Investigations Department. Here we present the results of the calculations for the six components of the FWI System based on the daily weather data obtained from the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, North Carolina for the National Weather Service meteorological station at the Spokane International Airport.

Online Link(s):
Alexander, M. E.; Pearce, H. G. 1992. What were the Canadian fire danger indices? Follow-up to the Spokane area firestorm '91 report. Wildfire News & Notes 6(4):6-7.