Predicting changes in chaparral flammability
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): Richard C. Rothermel; Charles W. Philpot
Publication Year: 1973

Cataloging Information

  • Adenostoma fasciculatum
  • brush fires
  • chamise
  • chaparral
  • fire intensity
  • fire management
  • flammability
  • fuel model
  • fuel types
  • rate of spread
  • wildfires
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Tall Timbers Record Number: 727
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A dynamic fuel model for the chaparral brush fields of southern California shows that (a) the fire threat for the first few years after a fire primarily is related to forbs and grasses; and (b) after 10 to 20 years, the brush fields will sustain very fast-spreading, high-intensity fires, depending upon the ratio of the live-to-dead fuel. The mathematical models described permit systematic analysis of the consequences of fuel treatment and fire control and projection of these consequences for the future.

Online Link(s):
Rothermel, Richard C.; Philpot, Charles W. 1973. Predicting changes in chaparral flammability. Journal of Forestry 71(10):640-643.