Blow-up fires-silviculture or weather problems
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): R. Keith Arnold; Charles C. Buck
Publication Year: 1954

Cataloging Information

  • blowup
  • blowup fires
  • fire weather
  • forest management
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Record Last Modified: November 5, 2019
FRAMES Record Number: 11691
Tall Timbers Record Number: 761
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: Journals-J
TTRS Abstract Status: Fair use, Okay, Reproduced by permission

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"Blow-up" fires are defined as those which exhibit violent build-up in fire intensity or rate of spread sufficient to prevent direct control by efficient application of conventional firefighting methods. Blow-ups are an increasingly important cause of large fires and can arise out of so many different situations that they may pose the most critical problem facing forest management today. Defining blow-ups and isolating possible situations which can cause them is the first step toward their understanding and control.

[This publication is referenced in the "Synthesis of knowledge of extreme fire behavior: volume I for fire managers" (Werth et al 2011).]

Online Link(s):
Arnold, R. Keith; Buck, Charles C. 1954. Blow-up fires-silviculture or weather problems. Journal of Forestry 52(6):408-411.