Smoke column height related to fire intensity
Document Type: Report
Author(s): Rodney A. Norum
Publication Year: 1974

Cataloging Information

  • air pollution
  • atmospheric stability
  • fire intensity
  • slash
  • slash burning
  • smoke dispersion
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Record Last Modified: January 6, 2016
FRAMES Record Number: 14096


Height of slash fire smoke columns, commonly thought to be a function of atmospheric conditions alone, through a series of 10-acre experimental fires is shown to be strongly related to fire intensity. By conducting intense fires, land managers can possibly burn forest debris and still maintain air quality when atmospheric conditions are less than ideal for smoke dispersal.

Online Link(s):
Norum, Rodney A. 1974. Smoke column height related to fire intensity. Research Paper INT-RP-157. Ogden, UT: USDA Forest Service, Intermountain Forest and Range Experiment Station. 7 p.