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Title

Alaska Fuel Moisture Sampling (Instructions, Data Sheets, Cheat Sheets, and Data Entry Spreadsheet)
Document Type: Guide / Handbook / Manual / Protocol
Author(s): Jennifer L. Barnes; Eric Miller; Jennifer McMillan; Jennifer L. Hrobak
Publication Year: 2012

Cataloging Information

Keyword(s):
  • AFSC - Alaska Fire Science Consortium
  • black spruce
  • CFFDRS - Canadian Forest Fire Danger Rating System
  • DC - CFFDRS Drought Code
  • DMC - CFFDRS Duff Moisture Code
  • duff moisture
  • feathermoss
  • FFMC - CFFDRS Fine Fuel Moisture Code
  • foliar moisture
  • fuel moisture codes
  • fuel moisture sampling
  • grass fuels
  • Picea mariana
  • shrub fuels
  • woody fuels
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Record Last Modified: September 4, 2019
FRAMES Record Number: 12187

Description

The AWFCG Fire Modeling and Analysis Committee and the Alaska Fire Science Consortium sponsored a fuel moisture sampling field training workshop on May 17, 2012. The purpose of this workshop was to provide step by step instruction for collecting samples and processing moisture data as part of an effort to establish monitoring sites for evaluating seasonal moisture trends in Alaska. These fuel moisture sampling techniques can also be a used by fuels specialists, prescribed fire personnel, fire effects monitors, and any others with a need to calculate fuel moisture content or CFFDRS Fuel Moisture Codes (i.e., FFMC, DMC, and DC). The workshop covered: 1) destructive sampling techniques for 4 fuel sample types (black spruce foliar moisture, feather moss duff moisture, shrub/woody fuel moisture, grass/herbaceous fuel moisture); 2) sample processing (recording data, weighing, and drying); and 3) calculating percent moisture content and associated moisture codes. Associated data sheets, instructions, cheat sheets, and the data entry spreadsheet are provided below.

Online Link(s):
Link to this document (135 KB; FM data sheet - field, updated; pdf)
Link to this document (241 KB; FM cheat sheet - live, updated 2013; pdf)
Link to this document (79 KB; FM cheat sheet - dead grass, updated 2013; pdf)
Link to this document (1.1 MB; FM cheat sheet - duff, updated 2013; pdf)
Link to this document (531 KB; FM instructions - drying, data entry; pdf)
Link to this document (56 KB; FM data entry - year site; zip)
Citation:
Barnes, J.L.; Miller, E.A.; McMillan, J.; Northway, J. 2012. Alaska Fuel Moisture Sampling (Instructions, Data Sheets, Cheat Sheets, and Data Entry Spreadsheet). AWFCG Fire Research, Development and Applications Committee and the Alaska Fire Science Consortium.

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