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Type: Report
Author(s): Alicia L. Reiner; Todd Decker
Publication Date: 2009

Despite the increasing use of mastication to treat hazardous fuels, little information exists on masticated fuel loadings and associated fire behavior. It is thought that mastication reduces fire flame lengths and rates of spread, however, fire intensity and residence time may be increased. No fuel models exist specifically for masticated fuel beds. Knapp et al. (2008) found an average of SB1 (low load activity fuel) and SB2 (moderate load activity fuel) predicted observed flame heights and rates of spread well. Additional information on masticated fuels would aid in understanding potential fire behavior in masticated fuel beds. Because masticated material varies based on several factors, masticated particle sizes and total loadings vary between sites (Kane et al. 2006). Baseline field data on masticated fuels across several sites would give land managers tools to begin to understand masticated fuel loads and potential fire behavior. Field data on the combustion of masticated fuels would help land managers understand ecosystem processes such as fuel consumption, plant mortality and nutrient cycling (Reinhardt et al., 2008).

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Citation: Reiner, Alicia; Decker, Todd. 2009. Fuel loadings in masticated areas of the San Jacinto District of the San Bernardino National Forest. 19 p.

Cataloging Information

  • fuel loadings
  • hazardous fuel treatment
  • masticated fuel treatments
  • San Bernardino National Forest
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FRAMES Record Number: 11754