Fundamentals of fire behavior
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): H. T. Gisborne
Publication Year: 1948

Cataloging Information

  • combustion
  • fire control
  • fire danger rating
  • fire management
  • fire suppression
  • fuel moisture
  • fuel types
  • heat
  • ignition
  • moisture
  • oxygen
  • wildfires
  • wind
  • wind
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Our job of fire control can be done, in fact has been done, in several ways: By brute strength and little attention to the conditions we are attempting to control; by observation of what is happening but with little or no understanding of why the fire is behaving as it does; or by practical application of knowledge of the basic laws of chemistry and physics that are actually determining the rate at which a fire is spreading. Let us look into the most significant factors that affect fire behavior.

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

Gisborne, H.T. 1948. Fundamentals of fire behavior. Fire Control Notes 9(1):13-24. [Republished in 2004 as: Fire Management Today 64(1):15-23.]