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Type: Report
Author(s): Martin E. Alexander; Miguel G. Cruz; Nicole M. Vaillant; David L. Peterson
Publication Date: 2013

Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) project 09-S-03-1 was undertaken in response to JFSP Project Announcement No. FA-RFA09-0002 with respect to a synthesis on extreme fire behavior or more specifically a review and analysis of the literature dealing with certain features of crown fire behavior in conifer forests in the United States and adjacent regions of Canada. The key findings presented are organized along nine topical areas: types of crown fires; crown fire initiation; crown fire propagation; crown fire rate of spread; crown fire intensity and flame zone characteristics; crown fire area and perimeter growth; crown fire spotting activity; models, systems, and other decision aids for predicting crown fire behavior; and implications for fire and fuel management.

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Citation: Alexander, Martin E.; Cruz, Miguel G.; Vaillant, Nicole M.; Peterson, David L. 2013. Crown fire behavior characteristics and prediction in conifer forests: a state-of-knowledge synthesis - Final Report to the Joint Fire Science Program. JFSP Project No. 09-S-03-1. Boise, ID: Joint Fire Science Program. 39 p.

Cataloging Information

Fire Behavior    Fuels    Models
Alaska    California    Eastern    Great Basin    Hawaii    Northern Rockies    Northwest    Rocky Mountain    Southern    Southwest    International    National
Partner Sites:
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • crown fires
  • fire intensity
  • fire spread
  • synthesis
JFSP Project Number(s):
  • 09-S-03-1
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FRAMES Record Number: 15638