The start, propagation, and spread rate of crown fires
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): Miguel G. Cruz; Martin E. Alexander
Publication Year: 2014

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  • coniferous forests
  • crown fire propagation
  • crown fire rate of spread
  • crown fires
  • fire intensity
  • fire management
  • forest management
  • ignition
  • ROS - rate of spread
  • surface fires
  • wildfires
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In many respects, the most significant issue with regards to the prediction of crown fire behavior is first determining whether a surface fire will develop into a crown fire (that is, identifying the conditions favorable to the initiation or onset of crowning). The next concern is whether the crown fire can continue to perpetuate itself and, if so, what the rate of spread will be.

Cruz, Miguel G.; Alexander, Martin E. 2014. The start, propagation, and spread rate of crown fires. Fire Management Today 73(4):17-23.