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Title

Wildland Fires: Predicting the behavior of wildland fires-among nature's most potent forces-can save lives, money, and natural resources
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): Frank A. Albini
Publication Year: 1984

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Keyword(s):
  • crown fires
  • fire prediction
  • fire spread
  • fire whirls
  • grass fire
  • slope effects
  • surface fires
  • wildland fires
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FRAMES Record Number: 11895

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[Excerpted from text] During a period of three days in mid-February 1983, bushfires swept over 400,000 ha in southern Australia, killing 74 people, destroying more than 2,000 homes, and burning out 7 towns. This tragic repetition of the fires of January 1939, in which 71 people perished, was foretold by Noble (1977), whose monograph on the 1939 fires ended with a chapter entitled "It Can Happen Again." Ecologists familiar with the cycle of wildfire in such ecosystems assert that fires like these will recur.

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

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Albini, Frank A. 1984. Wildland fires: Predicting the behavior of wildland fires-among nature's most potent forces-can save lives, money, and natural resources. American Scientist 72(6):590-597.