What is the Moisture Content of Standing Dead Grass?
Document Type: Fact Sheet / Brief / Bulletin
Author(s): Randi R. Jandt; Eric A. Miller
Publication Year: 2015

Cataloging Information

  • Alaska
  • CFFDRS - Canadian Forest Fire Danger Rating System
  • EMC - Equilibrium Moisture Content
  • moisture content
  • relative humidity
  • standing dead grass
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Record Last Modified: April 25, 2019
FRAMES Record Number: 19706


Eric Miller, BLM Alaska Fire Service Fire Ecologist, assists with a lot of prescribed burns on military training ranges in Alaska where the primary fuel is standing dead grass (photo) and this question was often on his mind. He found that existing fine dead fuel moisture tables underestimated the moisture content in dead grass. Six years and 74 prescribed burn days later he had collected 409 grass samples and 285 weather observations, enough to build several empirical- and process-based fuel moisture models. He gave a presentation on his findings at the Alaska Fire Science workshop in April 2015 and prepared a 1-page research brief on the highlights of his study.

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Link to this document (467 KB; pdf)
Jandt, Randi; Miller, Eric. 2015. What is the Moisture Content of Standing Dead Grass? AFSC Research Brief 2015-1. Fairbanks, AK: Alaska Fire Science Consortium. 1 p.