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  • Clinton S. Wright
    US Forest Service, Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Laboratory
  • Robert E. Vihnanek
    US Forest Service, Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Laboratory
  • US Forest Service, Research Data Archive
Funding Source(s):
  • Joint Fire Science Program
Publication Date: 2015

Land managers and air quality regulators need a tool to accurately and efficiently estimate the biomass and emissions from burning of hand-piled fuels as pile burning becomes a more widespread and common practice for treating high fire hazard areas with surface fuels in excess of desired levels. This data product contains dimensions, volume, and biomass measurements of hand-constructed piles of different types of debris, with a variety of shapes and sizes, in forest and woodland areas in Washington and California. Study sites include the Sequoia National Forest, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, and the Los Padres National Forest where sample sites were typical of hand-piling operations in the West. Data include measurements, taken in 2008, of 121 hand-constructed piles composed primarily of coniferous (n=63) and shrub/hardwood (n=58) material. [This data product is archived in the USFS Research Data Archive, number RDS-2015-0013.]

Citation: Wright, Clinton S.; Vihnanek, Robert E. 2015. Dimension, volume, and biomass data for hand-piled fuels in California and Washington. Fort Collins, CO: Forest Service Research Data Archive.
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Disclaimer: No warranty expressed or implied is made regarding the accuracy or utility of the data for general or scientific purposes, nor shall the act of distribution constitute any such warranty. This disclaimer applies both to individual use of the data and aggregate use with other data. It is strongly recommended that these data are directly acquired from the originator(s) of the data, and not indirectly through other sources which may have changed the data in some way. It is also strongly recommended that careful attention be paid to the contents of the metadata file associated with these data. FRAMES and other distributor(s) shall not be held liable for improper or incorrect use of the data described and/or contained herein.

Cataloging Information

  • biomass
  • biota
  • fuel treatments
  • hand-pile
  • Los Padres National Forest
  • multiple species
  • Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
  • Sequoia National Forest
  • Washington
  • Whiskeytown National Recreation Area
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FRAMES Record Number: 19960